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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.

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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by William Morrow
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Emily May
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-lit, arc, 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 ar
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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
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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
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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
Elyse  Walters
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Déjà vu, déjà vu, déjà vu.....
I’m not going to finish this because I wasn’t enjoying it enough.

I live here in Silicon Valley… So I thought I might enjoy this. It’s not a bad book....
but I rather read something else.

If you want to see more specific problems I’m having with it then read a little review I just wrote a few minutes ago - or not -
about the BOOK...”Crazy Rich Asians”, by Kevin Kwan
Berit☀️✨
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a well told story of family drama and greed. Stanley Haung is dying of pancreatic cancer. The family is jockeying for a piece of his rumored $7 million net worth. His new wife 28 years his junior is convinced that she should at least get half, if not all his money. His ex-wife Linda is determined that he leave his money to their two grown children, after all they are blood. Stanley’s children Fred and Kate both think they need the money and what’s more are entitled to it.

I really want
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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 passa
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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.
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
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Jes
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.
Jaclyn
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
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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,
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Travel.with.a.book
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Family Trust is a very delightful novel, I really enjoyed it from the very first pages and I can say that this book is in my top 10 reads of the Year!
I really want to thank the Publishers William Morrow Books for sending me this stunning copy!
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This book is very fascinating and ironically funny, the dialogues are very outrageous and some parts left me speechless, I really want to congratulate the Author for writing such a masterpiece book she really is talented and professional and I look forward
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Claire
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
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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!
Sejal
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
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Florence Fales
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Shahedah
Feb 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
DNF.

The blurb and first page of this book drew me in, masquerading as “A brilliant mashup of The Nest and Crazy Rich Asians... The best kind of family drama.”

I couldn’t even make it to page 100 without giving up. It’s not very well written with long convoluted sentences trying to be witty (but instead had me rereading and rereading to make sense of). The five main characters introduced by page 58 are all dull, extremely unrelatable, and generally quite pretentious and horrible (is that the point
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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!

Jessica Woodbury
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. If I'd read this book in 2018 it would have been on my Best Books of 2018 list, and I admit I put it off a bit. It reminded me of some other books I'd read and found just okay, and I haven't really been in the mood to read about wealthy people lately. But a good book is a good book and I devoured this in less than 24 hours. I would have happily read another 100 pages.

I didn't devour this book because it turned out to be about perfectly nice characters I enjoyed spending time with. The
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Jessica
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Wow. What a bunch of assholes! It's one thing to have unlikeable characters, or "raw, honest humans" but . . . as a reader if you don't know enough about them and have any sort of justification for their behavior, it's hard to care about them. I did, slowly and grudgingly, come to care about a couple of the women in the book, but I honestly wish that the son, Fred, had not been a POV character at all. Every time I started to feel sympathy for him, he would think or do something so completely dou ...more
Nicole reading_with_nicole
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
Mona
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had the hardest time with this book and really only finished it because it was for my book club. The characters are so hard to like and sympathize with and it’s not till the final couple of chapters that it even got interesting.
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
Barbara
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Family Trust” is the debut novel by Kathy Wang that tells the lives of a Chinese-American family living in the Silicon Valley. The story opens with Stanley Huang, the patriarch of the family near death. He has always told his two children that his estate is valued in the Millions of dollars, without providing details. Stanley is on his second marriage to Mary, who is not the children’s mother. Both children dream about what that fortune could provide for their current status.

Meanwhile, Linda, t
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Catherine
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
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Amy
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
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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
R
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
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