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Family Trust

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,038 ratings  ·  215 reviews
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.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by William Morrow
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Emily May
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, modern-lit, mma-2018, 2018
how early the days turned black once winter began.

Ooh, this is a good book for fans of those literary family dramas about rich people and the unbelieavable shit they get up to. It's sort of like a Celeste Ng novel but with a bit more melodrama and obnoxiousness; a bit like a quieter, more serious Crazy Rich Asians.

It's a story about a wealthy Chinese-American family in Silicon Valley, and how their patriarch's pancreatic cancer diagnosis affects them all. The similarities with Ng's work are
leslie hamod
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stanley is a very successful man. He came to this country poverty stricken, but look at him now! Very rich! As a Chinese man, he has been obstinate, easy to anger. Frightening his wife and children until, unable to cope with his predefined expectations, His wife divorces him.
What to do? Mary comes along to rub his feet, cook his favorite food. She is described as a placid cow but she knows it isn't so. This is just the life of a good Chinese woman. Now that Stanley has suddenly been diagnosed wi
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Erika didn’t like most ethnic restaurants, and in particular the cheap authentic ones, an admission that in native Bay Area circles was viewed with the same muted horror as Holocaust denial or the use of trans fats.

…her fingers flew past an array of the graying and bald. “Here’s someone I went on a date with last week,” she said. “But he was only interested in, you know, a nurse with a purse.”

Do not speak to her again. Someone like that, you end all communication, immediately. Wi
Katie B
I'm kinda left with this empty feeling. It's like this book lacked heart and there was this coldness to it. And maybe that was intentional given so much of the focus is on what a dying man is leaving in his will and who will get what. In a family drama though I expect to feel more for the characters than I did with this one.

Stanley Huang has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His ex-wife, Linda, encourages her adult children to get Stanley to divulge how much he is worth and who gets what so
Margo Littell
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
When Huang family patriarch Stanley receives a harrowing diagnosis from his doctor, his family is forced to confront the reality that he has very little time left. They accept the news with varying degrees of grief. Stanley’s children, Fred and Kate, can’t fully forgive his transgressions from their childhood. Stanley’s ex-wife, Linda, still resents how badly he handled the money she made for them when they were married. And Stanley’s much younger second wife, Mary, accepts that caring for an el ...more
Jenny Lehnhoff
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Stanley Huang develops life threatening pancreatic cancer, the successful twice married father of two must put his affairs in order. Can Stanley pass on his legacy while his family: Linda, ex-wife of 34 years, Fred and Kate, his adult children, and second wife Mary of 9 years squabble on who gets the fair share of the inheritance?

I really enjoyed Family Trust because of its strong character development and its ability to make me think of my own family dynamics. Although some of the passag
Nicole Wagner
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a tough book to characterize, but I loved it.

There are so many misconceptions about the wealthy. This book pokes and prods those, revealing that some clichés have merit and others are more complex than one may imagine. The Bay Area/Silicon Valley is sort of a hotbed of new money and hungry business startups, and the story takes place there.

This book is ironically funny, tentatively tender, and entirely fascinating.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book is amazing.
If you come from a family with no money, this will fascinate you. If you come from a family with tons of money, this will fascinate you too. And make you cringe. And laugh. And yell “OMG NO” in response to some of this wild dialog.

Anyway I really enjoyed it, so. Highly recommend.
Angela Johnson
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC from a goodreads giveaway hosted by William Morrow Books! And here is my honest review:

The first thing that caught my attention was this cover. Is it not beautiful? The gold and red contrast in such a gorgeous way and the gold floral design weaves in and out of the text.

When I held this book, the best description I could come up with was meaty. It felt thick, it felt like there were a lot of words, a lot of story to tell.

I wasn't disappointed. This is a family drama. Charact
Reading Fool
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, 2018
I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book.

Stanley Huang is dying of pancreatic cancer, and as the patriarch of the Huang family, he wants to gather his ex-wife, son, daughter, and current wife. This story has multiple layers - commentary on Chinese-American families, Silicon Valley, failing marriages, parents' expectations of their children, and so much more. Told in alternating chapters from the different characters' perspectives, this very impressive debut novel is complex, interesting,
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally -- a book to satisfy my post-Crazy Rich Asians cravings!

I absolutely loved this book. Where Kevin Kwan's trilogy was an affectionately hilarious take on the super rich Chinese families in Asia, Kathy Wang's story is a biting yet heartfelt comedy on a wannabe rich Chinese American family in Silicon Valley. It's a story that feels universal -- any rich family can have a similar battle over inheritance. But it's also specifically Silicon Valley, with the conversations around wealth and the
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received Family Trust as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Family patriarch Stanley Huang has been diagnosed with a terminal case of pancreatic cancer. For years he has reassured his family that they will be taken care of when he passes with a generous inheritance. Now that that time is near, those closest to him becoming increasingly concerned with their features as they face an array of personal and professional crises. Stanley's son Fred, despite an Ivy League education, struggles to rise to the
Virginia Gavin
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love,loved,loved this book!Funny,sad,poignant-you will find yourself drawn in to this family's story.I'd give it 10 stars if I could.One of my favorite books this year!
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was interesting and not what I was expecting. I had categorized it in the "lighter chick lit" category which is my mistake and possibly some of the marketing, but in reality it is more a wry and quite literary family saga in the vein of THE CORRECTIONS than the sort of Nest + Jodi Picoult I first thought it was. If you think it will be warm and easy to read then I can see why someone would be disappointed.

I like to read reviews I find useful so I will say that if you liked books like
Florence Fales
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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James M
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got an advance copy of this book. Really entertaining but also very intelligently written. The writer develops characters really well and draws you into the story. Lots of different threads that intersect in unexpected and funny ways. Loved it!

Nicole Swinson
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The story starts off by introducing us to the patriarch of the family Stanley Huang, divorced father of two and remarried to Mary who is twenty-eight years his junior. Stanley has recently been diagnosed with cancer and his family must now deal with the reality that his time is limited. The story is told in point of view from each character in the book; Fred the son who is a Harvard Business School graduate who comes across whiney and unfulfilled with his life. Kate who works for a successful co ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific novel! Wang has taken the familiar tale of a family coping with the impending death of a distant parent and fighting about their prospective inheritance and imbued it with life. Yes. Stanley and Linda emigrated to the US from Taiwan and built a life together in Silicon Valley until she, defying convention, divorced him whereupon he remarried Mary, who Linda, retired from a lengthy professional career at IBM, disdains as a village girl. Their children, Fred and Kate, are both stru ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Stanley Huang is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, his family must face their life choices. Told from the points of view of Stanley, his two children Fred and Kate, his ex-wife and mother of his children Linda, and Mary his new wife, this is a story about a family coming to terms with the reality of aging, deathand life in Silicone Valley. Linda, has embarked on a new online dating service that may not be on the up and up. Fred, a graduate of Harvard business school, is struggling ...more
Devon H
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I hated the characters, hated the plot, but loved this book. Here's why. 

This novel focuses on four main characters, Stanley and his ex-wife Linda, and their two children, Kate and Denny, coming together around the concept of a family trust. Through their eyes, we see a myriad of side characters, but we are primarily privy to only their hopes and fears. Stanley is dying of pancreatic cancer, and the family is there to support him even when they don't want to. Clearly, there are some ulterior mot
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

As I read Kathy Wang's book, I kept thinking of its title: Family Trust.

The family in question is the Huangs, although theirs is a closeness borne more of DNA and marriage than actual affection. Stanley has cancer, an illness that almost delights him at first. He's the kind of guy who demands certain coddling, certain attention and unearned respect. Linda, his ex-wife, looks back on her thirty-plus years of marriage to Stanley with no small amount of bitterness, ever so relieved to be f
Heather Salonga
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It wasn’t what I was expecting, I thought it would be Crazy Rich Asians in Silicon Valley and it was really funny and the Asians aren't quite as rich. The story is a lot more real and much darker. I am a fourth generation Japanese from Hawaii and lived in Silicon Valley and had many Chinese friends. These stories in Family Trust feel like stories I been told for a certain segment of the Asian population who believe that success will follow from hard work and that the path to a ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Family Trust pulled me in from beginning to end, with a story that blends the humor and sadness of family dynamics against the backdrop of the Silicon Valley. Each chapter features one family member’s perspective and you collect small insights that come together as the story unravels. You learn about the central character, Stanley, mainly through his family’s lens. My favorite parts were the interactions between Linda, Stanley’s ex-wife, and her daughter, Kate. This is definitely a book that I w ...more
Susan Shue
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of "The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, with an Asian twist. The dysfunctional family all waiting for money that someone else earned instead of taking care of themselves. At the end of the book I was left wanting more of the story.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the way this book slowly revealed each of the characters in this story of a family who's patriarch is dying. The ex-wife, Linda, is the strong matriarch whose adult children don't seem to appreciate her capabilities. The female characters in the book are ultimately the strong ones who come out ahead in life after putting up with socially accepted customs for a good part of their lives that make them not quite happy. The matriarch and her daughter understand and accept each other by the ...more
Diane Hernandez
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Stanley is dying. All any of his family are concerned about is whether he has set up a Family Trust and named them as trustees.

Stanley is the domineering and occasionally abusive father of Kate and Fred. Their mother and Stanley’s ex-wife, Linda, is concerned that Stanley will leave his substantial estate to his new younger wife Mary rather than their children. Linda, Kate and Fred have romantic issues. The siblings work in the high stress Silicon Valley. Kate as a manager in an Apple clone and
Georgianne Georgiadis
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about a Chinese American family but it could be about any family. Stanley Huang is the patriarch of the family, his wife Mary is 26 years younger, his ex wife Linda, and his children Stanley and Kate. As I read I discovered that each chapter is about a different family member. With each chapter we learn more about that family member and their relationship with Stanley.
Mary wants to make sure that gets her share of Stanley estate/money. Linda wants her and Stanley kids to get their s
Jackie Rogers
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel is about family relationships and their relationship with money. The family is Chinese American. Laughed a lot and wondered a lot where they were coming from in their thoughts. Thanks to Goodreads.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stanley, family patriarch, is dying, and his daughter, son and second wife all wonder what they'll receive from Stanley's fortune. Linda, his first wife, isn't concerned with Stanley's money for herself, as of the two, she's got a good head for finances and through years of careful investing has made a comfortable life for herself, by herself.
By all accounts, Kate and Fred, Linda's and Stanley's kids, are terrifically successful, though neither feels that they are. Fred looks forward to a portio
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Stanley Huang is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the Huang family flock to his Silicon Valley home. Some come to lend support, others come to secure their inheritance. Stanley has boasted for years that he is worth a small fortune. Now they all want a piece of the pie.
This is a look at both family dynamics and the Silicon Valley culture.
This is an enjoyable family drama. It is filled with great characters and will bring you to tears when you aren’t laughing at all the excesses and famil
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