Rachel Khong - Real Americans

Monday, May 20, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Rachel Khong

The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books Present
Acclaimed Novelist Rachel Khong

Author of “Real Americans”

Presented in partnership with The Very Asian Foundation

Award-winning author of “Goodbye, Vitamin,” Rachel Khong presents an exhilarating novel of American identity that spans three generations in one family. “Real Americans” begins on the precipice of Y2K, when twenty-two-year-old Lily Chen, the only child of scientists who fled Mao’s Cultural Revolution, meets easygoing and effortlessly attractive Matthew - heir to a vast pharmaceutical empire. Twenty one years later, Lily’s son Nick sets out to find his biological father, a journey that threatens to raise more questions than it answers. Exuberant and explosive, “Real Americans” weaves a profound tale of class and striving, race and visibility, family and finally coming home. 
 

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RACHEL KHONG is the author of Goodbye, Vitamin, winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; Vogue; and Esquire. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Cut, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and Tin House. In 2018, she founded The Ruby, a work and event space for women and nonbinary writers and artists in San Francisco's Mission District. She lives in California.

 

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK - From the award-winning author of Goodbye, Vitamin How far would you go to shape your own destiny? An exhilarating novel of American identity that spans three generations in one family and asks: What makes us who we are? And how inevitable are our futures?

"Mesmerizing"--Brit Bennett - "A page turner."--Ha Jin - "Gorgeous, heartfelt, soaring, philosophical and deft"--Andrew Sean Greer - "Traverses time with verve and feeling."--Raven Leilani

Real Americans begins on the precipice of Y2K in New York City, when twenty-two-year-old Lily Chen, an unpaid intern at a slick media company, meets Matthew. Matthew is everything Lily is not: easygoing and effortlessly attractive, a native East Coaster, and, most notably, heir to a vast pharmaceutical empire. Lily couldn't be more different: flat-broke, raised in Tampa, the only child of scientists who fled Mao's Cultural Revolution. Despite all this, Lily and Matthew fall in love.

In 2021, fifteen-year-old Nick Chen has never felt like he belonged on the isolated Washington island where he lives with his single mother, Lily. He can't shake the sense she's hiding something. When Nick sets out to find his biological father, the journey threatens to raise more questions than it provides answers.

In immersive, moving prose, Rachel Khong weaves a profound tale of class and striving, race and visibility, and family and inheritance--a story of trust, forgiveness, and finally coming home.

Exuberant and explosive, Real Americans is a social novel par excellence that asks: Are we destined, or made? And if we are made, who gets to do the making? Can our genetic past be overcome?

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Books: 
Real Americans: A novel By Rachel Khong Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593537251
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Knopf - April 30th, 2024

Real Americans: A novel By Rachel Khong Cover Image
$31.00
ISBN: 9780593862766
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Random House Large Print - April 30th, 2024

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel By Rachel Khong Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250182555
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Picador - July 10th, 2018

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