Chemistry: A Novel

by Wang, Weike (Author)

ISBN: 9780525432227

A luminous and very funny debut novel from a 5-Under-35 honoree that has received praise from the likes of Ann Patchett, Stephanie Danler, and Ha Jin: Chemistry follows a young Chinese American woman who must discover what she really wants before her life can truly begin.

At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of Weike Wang's debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: her successful, supportive boyfriend has just proposed to her, and she is studying for a prestigious PhD in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied). But instead of feeling happy and hopeful, she is wracked with ambivalence and stress: she doesn't know how to answer her boyfriend's marriage question, her research at the lab is foundering, and the long hours and high expectations of her program comprise an exquisite pressure cooker. When it all becomes too much and she begins breaking beakers and threatening to open the argon box to air, her life plan veers off course-and onto a new path of questions, possibilities, and discoveries about everyone and everything she thought she knew. Smart, insightful, moving, and always funny, Chemistry is a unique and contemporary coming-of-age story that is sure to evoke a winning reaction.

Publication History: Knopf hardcover, May 2017

Format: Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage, April 2018

Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.2 W × 0.6 H

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