Days of Distraction
The plan is to leave. As for how, when, to where, and even whyshe doesnt know yet. So begins a journey for the twenty-four-year-old narrator of Days of Distraction. As a staff writer at a prestigious ...more
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Days of Distraction - what a stellar debut novel! The story follows a Chinese-American who as a fairly recent graduate works as a technology reporter in Silicon Valley. We get to watch as she deals with all of the crap that comes with the job: office politics, racism, misogyny etc. Then when her boyfriend J gets offered a PhD position in a remote town in upstate New York, she decides to pack her bags and join him. As time progresses she explores her identity, reflected on the past of those ...more
I quite liked this book, especially the first part of it that is set in San-Francisco. The writing was good, I even highlighted some nice quotes and sayings. But after some time, the main character started to grate on my nerves a lot, I understood her concerns and struggles or at least tried to, but she was being such a negative Nancy and at some point, I didn't ...more
In this context, Ms. Changs strength is using straightforward prose to convey this turmoil. She doesnt try to ...more
✔ a perfect blend of humour and sincerity
✔ complexities of the Asian-American life as seen today
✔ observations on race, technology, and relationships
✔ highly acclaimed debut novel
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Alexandra Chang is from Northern California, grew up in San Francisco, Shanghai and Davis, and currently lives in Ithaca, upstate New York. She graduated from UC Berkeley and received her MFA from Syracuse University in 2018. Before she started writing fiction she worked as a staff writer for Cornell University, WIRED and Macworld, where she covered technology, science and research. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, LARB Quarterly Journal, ...more
There's a lot I found relatable - remembering that time in my 20s when I was in a job didn't love and ...more
Chang blew me away with her writing. It was funny and insightful. She explores big themes of race, family, love and work. Highly recommended!
I almost can't believe this is Chang's first novel because her language is superb. Her sentences are so well-crafted that every word feels right.
I also liked learning more about the perspective of a Millennial, especially a woman looking for satisfying work ...more
DAYS OF DISTRACTION by Alexandra Chang revolves around a Chinese-American who works as a technology reporter in San Francisco. When her boyfriend J decides to move to Ithaca for grad school, she follows him.
I enjoyed a lot reading this book as Chang captures serious themes with a pinch of humor. Through witty writing style, there's a subtle criticism about current society, mainly regarding their attitude towards Asian-American, which the protagonist is under-appreciated in her ...more
I liked this book a bit, but didnt love it. Its contemporary. Alexandra Changs Days of Distraction felt just like that to me - I felt distracted. I didnt quite know if I was reading about JJs life or if it was just mere fragments or memories of it. I suppose that was the authors ...more
However for its majority this book is about whether this woman should stay with her white boyfriend of nine years or not, and her documenting all the things she as ...more
By turns funny and poignant, the writing has the self-assurance and clarity of a much more experienced author. I would count Chang as one of a short roster of brilliant young writers who have captured what it's like to try to find your way in the world, at this age, as part of this particular generation: unsure of the ...more
I finished Alexandra Chang's debut novel in one sitting and needed desperately to discuss it with someone, so I can't wait for other readers to discover her work. The voice, insight, and sensitivity of Days of Distraction made me laugh and cry, and I found myself thinking more deeply about love, inheritances, and cross-cultural relationships.
If you love Sheila Heti, Sigrid Nunez, and Valeria ...more