This post is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who are powering this giveaway and gave me a copy of The Wangs vs. The World to check out!
Y'all know I work to champion Asian American art and voices on this blog, and today I'm back at it again to tell you about The Wangs vs. The World, a novel by Jade Chang, in stores now! In a subversion of the classic rags-to-riches trope, this story is a riches-to-rags story of a family's fall from grace and subsequent cross-country journey to get their sh*t back together. It sounds gloom-and-doom, but don't let the premise deceive you. This book is full of hilarious twists and turns and the incorrigible sense of humor that one develops as an immigrant in America-- the one that leans into the melodrama of life for what it is: humbling, horrible, joyous, life-affirming, and absolutely absurd.
Charles Wang's cosmetics empire goes under amid economic turmoil, and in a somewhat desperate plan to turn fortunes, he pulls his children out of expensive schools and embarks on a cross-country road trip under the delusion that if America has failed him, he will find a way to rise again in his ancestral land of China! In the midst of all this grandeur and not-so-tragic tragedy, the family finds themselves crammed in close quarters and having misadventures and follies along the way. All the while, the Wangs are re-discovering what it means to belong in America.
You'll get my full review for you in a week or so-- I'm not all the way done yet since I had some visitors these past few weeks-- but I trust that this book is going to deliver. It's one of Entertainment Weekly's Most Anticipated Titles of 2016, one of Library Journal's Big Five Debuts for Fall 2016, and one of Nylon's Amazing Books for Fall.
In the meantime, the publisher and I are running a giveaway for you! Not only will the publisher ship the winner (you??) a copy of one of this season's most anticipated titles-- they'll also send you some really rad cosmetics, which tie in with Charles Wang's former empire. In addition to your very own copy of The Wangs Vs. The World, you can win an Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipstick, Benefit's Gimme Brow volumizing eyebrow gel, and Tarte's The Sculptor contouring face slenderizer.
It's a really great prize pack for anyone who is building their own cosmetics empire... on their vanity or dresser!
There are a couple rules for entering:
- US only.
- No PO Boxes.
- You can only enter through the widget below.
- If you don't respond with your mailing address within 48 hours, I'll pick a new winner.
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Lastly a couple terms you might want to know:
- It's free to enter.
- The prize will be sent to you by the publisher, not me. This means I'm passing your mailing address to them and only them if you win, and that they are responsible to sending the prize to you.
- This giveaway is affiliated with HMH Books and The Wangs vs The World.