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Troublemaker and Other Saints

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Meet the Wongs, Shengs and Tsuis. Each of these families has its own troubles and secretsand something the other two want. But the three clanswhose members include a matriarch who talks to dead relatives; her nymphomaniac granddaughter; an old man who reads only decades-old newspapers; and a street punkshare a past and face a common future. Told in a sequence of interwo ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Berkley Trade (first published March 5th 2001)
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Ashley
Great random pickup at the library. My favorite part was figuring out all the connections between the characters in the story. The people in the stories are heartachingly human and completely recognizable. Not really a light read, but I ripped through it in a couple days, a great testimony to Chiu's lovely prose and careful plotting.
Sinian
written on October 31, 2001 on amazon.com:

The day After I put down the book after finishing it in one day, my mind was still dancing from stories to stories, from the Wongs, to the Shengs, to the Tsuis. But after I got over the excitement, part of me was thinking, "Trouble Maker" is just like the "Job Luck Club", stereotyping Chinese American, making up all the sad stories just to prove that we are different from all other races and never changes. The "face thing", the cover-up of family scandal
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Emily
When I was in high school, I really loved Amy Tan's books. But then I recently re-read some of her books, and I realized that I didn't like them at all anymore. And while reading Troublemaker and Other Saints, I just kept flashing back to The Joy Luck Club, and not in a good way. There are a couple of decent - maybe even good - stories in this collection, but for the most part, these stories feel cliched and overdone. Most of the stories center around the typical Asian-American themes: there's t ...more
Hena
I picked this up at a used book sale, figuring it would at least be a fairly interesting read. These stories definitely exceeded my expectations - the author managed to adopt the voice of several very different characters and at the same time maintain a common thread between each story. Each story was vivid and stayed with me even as I moved on to the next story.
Kamyia
it was ohkay...I liked to see different perspectives but sometimes it was really difficult to tell which character was the main for that chapter but the stories were interesting...I guess there wasn't supposed to be a real purpose besides showing the lives of various interrelated people...I would've liked to see it all come together a bit more but the ending was alright I suppose.
Alix
A beautifully written journey into the overwhelming power, pain and support of family relationships and how they determine the paths we take in our own relationships. I really loved the interweaving of story lines as different characters are introduced and developed.
Sherese
FANTASTIC BOOK! Great Read.. I love reading about people from different ethnic backgrounds, families and their connection with one another and to the community and human kind as a whole.
Zuzka
What a page turner! A very intimate peek at those dysfunctional families we all hear about... Loved it!
Lori
c. 2001
Interesting. Short-stories, but the characters were intertwined/related. Like this author.
Anuradha
One of the few books that truly captures all the facets of first generation Asian-American life.
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Michelle, remember Christina? You did a signing with her in Augusta.
Kelly Pow
a collection of short stories. quite enjoyable
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