4.30 Kim Wong Keltner Buddha Baby

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Buddha Baby

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Want to learn a thing or two about a young Chinese-Americanwoman with a penchant for Hello Kitty toys, who could be found squeezing into jeans at Old Navy while being asked for detailed explanations of Yo-Yo Ma's success?

Then get ready for:

WHO
Lindsey Owyang, raised on Spaghetti-O'sand Aaron Spelling productions

WHAT
Her Secret Asian Man finally proposes!

WHERE
Springtime in San Francisco and it's raining stone cold foxes

HOW
Lindsey wants to make her peace with Chinatown & country,but will a crotchety Chinese grandmother stand in her way?

WHY
Because she never expected her hottie crush fromsixth grade to show up now ...

As Lindsey continues her quest for identity, family secrets, and true love, will she find double happiness, or will she be tempted by one last lion dance with a stranger? Ultimately, Lindsey realizes that Chinese girls really wanna have chow fun.

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About the Author:

The only thing that keeps Kim Wong Keltner from writing is when she’s trapped under an avalanche of her daughter’s stuffed animals. Keltner is the author of The Dim Sum of All Things, Buddha Baby, and I Want Candy. Tiger Babies Strike Back is her first work of nonfiction.

From Publishers Weekly:

Lindsay Owyang, the protagonist of Wong Keltner's second novel, is like the story itself: up-beat, bighearted, fun to spend time with and lacking focus. She works at two low-paying jobs and is "deluded enough to think her noncommittal career choices [qualify] as artistic." The drama starts when Lindsey's unofficial fiancé leaves town (a lovingly rendered San Francisco), and a childhood crush, Dustin Lee, arrives on the scene determined to seduce Lindsey. But Lindsey (a third-generation Chinese Californian) isn't attracted to Chinese men... or is she? The novel meanders through Lindsey's flirtation with infidelity and, more interestingly, her peeks into the history of San Francisco's turn-of-the-20th-century Chinatown, which make her suddenly aware of her heritage. Fans of Keltner's The Dim Sum of All Things will enjoy her tripping wordplay ("his slice of life was not made completely of wonder bread") and spot-on description (a piano teacher's fingers resemble "waterlogged segments of baby corn"), but these pleasures are diluted with cheap-shot puns (wok this way) and implausible scenarios. These story lines gain momentum in the last third of the book, and though the stakes are never quite believable, Keltner ends with straight-from-the-heart emotional insight, an unexpectedly strong finish to an uneven read. (Sept.)
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