Pulitzer Prize finalist Chang-rae Lee explores themes of capitalism, exploitation, culture clashes and indulgence in his latest breathtaking novel. The story centers on 20-year-old college student Tiller, who we meet in the direct aftermath of a life-altering “harrowing journey” through Asia working under a hedonistic Chinese American entrepreneur named Pong Lou. The events of this year unfold over the course of the book’s close to 500 pages, recounted from the unlikely arrangement Tiller lands in upon his return to the states—living in a generic suburb with a former mob wife he met at the airport and her 8-year-old son, who happen to be in the witness protection program. Alternating between domestic normalcy and Tiller’s larger-than-life, implausible adventure is a wild ride.
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