Family Trust

Family Trust

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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"--
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062874764
9780062855251
Characteristics: 385 pages ;,24 cm.

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capitalcity
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.

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KatherineHere
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.

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Alma_Anya
Feb 11, 2019

Corporate worlds and capitalism. Oh, and let's not forget the big one.....money, money and more money...in 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.

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StarGladiator
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!]

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Deborahzamora
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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