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Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen

A Novel

Marilyn Chin


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An uproarious debut that lays bare the complicated generational relationships of Chinese American women.

Raucous twin sisters Moonie and Mei Ling Wong are known as the “double happiness” Chinese food delivery girls. Each day they load up a “crappy donkey-van” and deliver Americanized (“bad”) Chinese food to homes throughout their southern California neighborhood. United in their desire to blossom into somebodies, the Wong girls fearlessly assert their intellect and sexuality, even as they come of age under the care of their dominating, cleaver-wielding grandmother from Hong Kong. They transform themselves from food delivery girls into accomplished women, but along the way they wrestle with the influence and continuity of their Chinese heritage.

Marilyn Chin’s prose waxes and wanes between satire and metaphorical lyric, referencing classical Chinese tales and ghost stories that are at turns sensual, lurid, hilarious, shocking, and surreal.

Praise For Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen: A Novel

Based on classical Chinese mythology, ghost stories, and legends, Chin’s unconventional coming-of-age novel is a frothy and tart exploration of the Asian immigrant experience.
— Carol Haggas - Booklist

Wildly profane and funny riffs on folklore, chronicling the adventures of two very modern Chinese-American sisters…. A fresh, chaotic and sexy updating of the cross-cultural experience.
— Kirkus Reviews

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393331455, 226pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2009

About the Author

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of four previous poetry collections and a novel. She is the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and a Radcliffe Institute fellowship, among other honors. Presently, she serves as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in San Diego.