ISBN-10: 0525432221
ISBN-13: 9780525432227
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 04/03/2018
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.10" W, 0.80" H



Price: $16.00


Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award

A Washington Post Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Ann Patchett on PBS NewsHour, Minnesota Public Radio, PopSugar, Maris Kreizman, The Morning News

Winner of Ploughshares’ John C. Zacharis Award

Winner of a Whiting Award

A Belletrist Amuse Book

At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of Weike Wang’s debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: she is studying for a prestigious PhD in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied), and her successful, supportive boyfriend has just proposed to her. But instead of feeling hopeful, she is wracked with ambivalence: the long, demanding hours at the lab have created an exquisite pressure cooker, and she doesn’t know how to answer the marriage question. When it all becomes too much and her life plan veers off course, she finds herself on a new path of discoveries about everything she thought she knew. Smart, moving, and always funny, this unique coming-of-age story is certain to evoke a winning reaction.


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"A comic and often precarious journey. . . . Told in a hilarious deadpan that recalls Gish Jen and Nora Ephron." –O, The Oprah Magazine

"Winningly original. . . . Pithy, casually brilliant. . . . So fresh and intimate and mordantly funny that she feels less like fiction than a friend you've known forever." –Entertainment Weekly

"The most assured novel about indecisiveness you'll ever read. . . . An emotionally devastating novel about being young today."The Washington Post

"Endearing. . . . [Has] generous measures of humor and emotion." The New York Times Book Review

"Starts as a charming confection and then proceeds to add on layers of emotional depth and complexity with every page. . . . I loved this novel." –Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

"Told in short, penetrating bursts, the book is frequently mordantly funny and gets under your skin in a way that makes you really root for the narrator." –Chicago Tribune

"Funny, original, compelling. . . . In a word, this debut is: elemental." –Amy Hempel

"A genuine piece of literature: wise, humorous, and moving." Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of Waiting

"[An] outstanding debut. . . . Chemistry may be the funniest novel ever written about living with depression." –People

"With its limpid style, comic verve, and sensitive examination of love, need, and aspiration, this exquisitely soul-searching novel is sure to be one of the most outstanding debuts of the year." –Sigrid Nunez

"Gemlike. . . . Slim enough to be wolfed down in one sitting, yet rich enough to merit an immediate re-read." –Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

"A poignant tale of self-discovery that anyone who's ever felt a little lost will relate to." –Buzzfeed

"You won't need a science background to fall in love with this contemplative debut novel.. . . Insightful (and always entertaining)." –Paste

"A funny, wise debut about the heartache of uncertainty and the struggle to please others while forging one's own path." –Nando Pelusi, Psychology Today

"Mesmerizing. . . . Illuminat[es] a corner of the human experience that's woefully underexplored. By the last page I was devastated, transported, and craving more." –Emily Gould, author of Friendship

"Chemistry (appropriately enough) explodes the stereotype of the model minority. Wang's voice is a revelation." –Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes

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ISBN-10: 0525432221
ISBN-13: 9780525432227
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 04/03/2018
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.10" W, 0.80" H
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