Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown

A hilarious and scathing critique of Hollywood's clueless racism
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"Fresh and beautiful. . . . 'Interior Chinatown' represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition.”
The New York Times Book Review
"One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire."
The Washington Post


A deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, and escaping the roles we are forced to play—by the author of the infinitely inventive How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.

Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He's merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least that's what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more.

Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes, Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterly novel yet.

Release date: January 28, 2020

Publisher: Vintage

Print pages: 288

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Interior Chinatown
Charles Yu
Joel de la Fuente
119.42 MB
January 28, 2020
Penguin Random House




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