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Family Trust: A Novel av Kathy Wang
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Family Trust: A Novel (utgåvan 2019)

av Kathy Wang (Författare)

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"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"-- "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"--… (mer)
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Titel:Family Trust: A Novel
Författare:Kathy Wang (Författare)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2019), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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The book jacket bills this as The Nest meets Crazy Rich Asians and I would add meets a tax form. Just a little too much business-y for me, but that is not my forte anyway. The Huang family is in turmoil. Stanley, the patriarch is dying, but whether he has a will or not is up for debate. And whether he has anything to leave in his will is another issue. His daughter Kate and son Fred both have plans for the money if it exists. Kate is in the throes of marriage turmoil. She is bankrolling her husband who is doing a start-up, but appears lately to be doing nothing. Fred meanwhile is unhappy in his work and is looking to make a change, but it will take a few million in investment to socially/business climb where he wants to be. His Harvard business degree isn’t giving him the competing edge in Silicon Valley and he is approached by some alums to invest in a Thai business venture. Linda, Stanley’s ex-wife is the one with money, but she wants to be sure his money goes to their kids instead of his second wife Mary and her money- grubbing immigrant sisters. She is also online dating on Tigerlily an exclusive Asian site. Dark comedy but needed more levity. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Not good. ( )
  shazjhb | Sep 26, 2020 |
Stanley Huang is dying, and his family, which includes his ex-wife Linda, their children Fred and Kate, and much younger second wife Mary, are all in the dark about his net worth and his plans. This is a comedy of manners, set in Silicon Valley, with a family of immigrants at its center. Each is seeking their own American dream. Linda worked for years for IBM and has a sizable investment account. Fred is a Harvard MBA investment banker, seeking the next big score. Kate works for X corp, which develops new consumer products, while her husband stays home and is an entrepreneur. Mary immigrated from China and works only at keeping Stanley happy.
This is a good read, and while it dwells on the problems of rich or nearly rich people, it also explores the dynamics of immigrant families, their expectations and struggles. I enjoyed it. ( )
  rglossne | Jul 1, 2020 |
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. ( )
  brangwinn | Dec 29, 2019 |
I enjoyed this book very much. ( )
  lvmygrdn | Oct 26, 2019 |
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Stanley Huang sat, naked but for the thin cotton dressing gown crumpled against the sterile white paper in the hospital room, and listened to the young doctor describe how he would die.
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"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"-- "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"--

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