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Central Places : a novel / Delia Cai.

Cai, Delia, (author.).


"A young woman's rootless past and uncertain future collide when she brings her white fiancae home to meet her Chinese immigrant parents, toppling her carefully constructed life in this vibrant, insightful debut from an exciting new voice in fiction. Audrey Zhou left Hickory Grove, the tiny town in central Illinois where she grew up, as soon as high school ended, and she never looked back. She moved to New York City and became the person she always wanted to be, complete with a high-paying, high-pressure job and a seemingly faultless fiance, Ben. But if she and Manhattan-bred Ben are to build a life together, in the dream home his parents will surely pay for, Audrey can no longer hide him, or the person she's become, from those she left behind. But returning to Hickory Grove is . . . complicated. Audrey's relationship with her parents has been soured by years of her mother's astronomical expectations and slights. The friends she's shirked for bigger dreams have stayed behind and started families. And then there's Kyle, the easygoing stoner and her unrequited crush from high school that she finds herself drawn to again despite having a seemingly perfect man on her arm. Ben might be a perfect fit for New Audrey, but Kyle was always the only one who truly understood her growing up, and being around him again after all these years has Old Audrey bubbling up to the surface. Over the course of one disastrous week, Audrey's proximity to her family and to Kyle forces her to confront the past and reexamine her fraught connection to her roots before she undoes everything she's worked toward and everything she's imagined for herself. But is that life really the one she wants?"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593497913
  • ISBN: 0593497910
  • Physical Description: 274 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2023]
Subject: Chinese Americans > Fiction.
Dysfunctional families > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

Available copies

  • 5 of 5 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Carthage Public.


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Carthage Public Library FIC Cai, Delia (Text) 34MO2001814570 Adult Fiction Available -

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