Family Trust

Family Trust

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition
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"A family saga based in Silicon Valley that follows the Huang family as they come to terms with their patriarch's terminal cancer diagnosis and anticipate the distribution of his highly valuable estate"-- Provided by publisher.
"Some of us are more equal than others ... Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he's worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley's family is nervous. For his son Fred, the inheritance Stanley has long alluded to would soothe the pain caused by years of professional disappointment. By now, the Harvard Business School graduate had expected to be a financial tech god--not a minor investor at a middling corporate firm, where he isn't even allowed to fly business class. Stanley's daughter, Kate, is a middle manager with one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious tech companies. She manages the capricious demands of her world-famous boss and the needs of her two young children all while supporting her would-be entrepreneur husband (just until his startup gets off the ground, which will surely be soon). But lately, Kate has been sensing something amiss; just because you say you have it all, it doesn't mean that you actually do. Stanley's second wife, Mary Zhu, twenty-eight years his junior, has devoted herself to making her husband comfortable in every way--rubbing his feet, cooking his favorite dishes, massaging his ego. But lately, her commitment has waned; caring for a dying old man is far more difficult than she expected. Linda Liang, Stanley's first wife, knows her ex better than anyone. She worked hard for decades to ensure their financial security, and is determined to see her children get their due. Single for nearly a decade, she might finally be ready for some romantic companionship. But where does a seventy-two year old Chinese woman in California go to find an appropriate boyfriend? As Stanley's death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust skewers the ambition and desires that drive Silicon Valley and draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062855251 (hardcover)
0062855255 (hardcover)
9780062855268 (paperback)
0062855263 (paperback)
9780062874764 (international paperback)
0062874764 (international paperback)
Branch Call Number: FIC WANG
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 29, 2019

The open greed and the chaotic one-upmanship of this novel was too much for me. Yes, it was witty, but the globe-trotting characters were so one-dimensional.

Mar 21, 2019

Family, aspiration anchored relationships, financial stature maneuvering, legacy seeking … the banality of it all; embossed with a California Chinese society texture. Family Trust, Kathy Wang's novel comes across as an obliquely revelatory, sobering read. If corkage fees are front and center, then it's time to take stock of one's so-called life.

Mar 07, 2019

Clever, entertaining, informative and oftentimes funny. I look forward to other works by Kathy Wang.

Mar 04, 2019

I had never heard of Crazy Rich Asians before beginning this book, so this was a complete cultural discovery for me. The theme of a super-organized, financially savvy ex-wife battling all sorts of family issues surpasses all cultural boundaries, however, and Linda comes out on top, regardless of her financial bracket. You're rooting for her all the way. A bit slow to take off, the plot soon thickens and soars through to the end.

Feb 16, 2019

I thought this a powerful, extremely well-written book, depicting a kind of parallel cultural universe right under our noses that most of us will never be privy to; and for that, very educational.

Feb 11, 2019

Corporate worlds and capitalism. Oh, and let's not forget the big, money and more terms of inheritance that is. The whole story revolved around what the kids thought was theirs, what the wife wanted and what the ex-wife felt she was entitled to given the years she put up with Stanley, the man dying of pancreatic cancer. Kathy Wang did well creating shallow characters that you couldn't help but hate them all and then in the end wishing you could get back the time you wasted reading her book.

Jan 03, 2019

I have to agree with commenter, gatesfamli - - the characters were routinely shallow and superficial to an inordinate degree - - one easily loses interest after the first fifteen pages, although I did read it through to the bitter end. Not recommending this author, sad to say.
[This was my fault - - I had meant to get the book by Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. The World - - messed that one up!]

Dec 12, 2018

Great read, kept me entertained, didn't want to put it down.

debwalker Sep 17, 2018

Story of the Huang family and the power of money to make people do crazy things. In the growing Crazy Rich Asian genre of Asian American sagas.


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