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The Resource Chemistry : a novel, Weike Wang

Chemistry : a novel, Weike Wang

Label
Chemistry : a novel
Title
Chemistry
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Weike Wang
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Equal parts intense and funny novel about one woman's breakdown.The endearing unnamed narrator is a Chinese immigrant working toward her Ph.D. in chemistry at Boston University. When her kind and well-adjusted boyfriend, Eric, asks her to marry him, she is, far from being thrilled, ambivalent. Her indecision throws them into a state of limbo, as he waits to hear whether he will be offered a job in Ohio and she struggles to complete her doctorate by solving her scientific problem in the lab. The only child of an extremely demanding, rageful father and a bitter, beautiful, neglectful mother, the narrator was raised in a house of anger and violence. This makes it difficult for her to accept Eric's love<U+2014>he had such a wonderful childhood that he can't even name the worst thing his parents ever said. She has always been a scientist, quiet and focused, shutting out emotions<U+2014>her childhood being what it was, the onslaught of emotions, were she to allow them in, would be too much. Eventually, she can repress no longer and has something of a mental breakdown<U+2014>quitting her studies, drinking excessively, hiding out. It is this breakdown from which, over the course of the novel, she makes an incremental return to stability, finding comfort in the love of her anxious dog, her best friend and her best friend's baby, her therapist's questions, and eventually one of the older students she has been tutoring. Though essentially unhinged, the narrator is thoughtful and funny, her scramble understandable. It is her voice<U+2014>distinctive and appealing<U+2014>that makes this novel at once moving and amusing, never predictable. Wry, unique, touching tale of the limits of parental and partnership pressure.(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
  • "A novel about a young Chinese woman whose graduate studies in chemistry go off track and lead her to discover the truths about her goals and desires"--
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, 2018.
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10562275
Cataloging source
DLC
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Wang, Weike
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.A4585
LC item number
C47 2017
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women graduate students
  • Chinese
Target audience
adult
Label
Chemistry : a novel, Weike Wang
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
211 pages
Isbn
9781524731748
Lccn
2016038012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027283354
System control number
  • 959535214
  • (OCoLC)959535214
Label
Chemistry : a novel, Weike Wang
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
211 pages
Isbn
9781524731748
Lccn
2016038012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027283354
System control number
  • 959535214
  • (OCoLC)959535214

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