Lan Samantha Chang, author of The Family Chao, in conversation with Andrea Bewick at Readers' Books on Friday, February 25th at 6pm.

  • Posted on: 2 February 2022
  • By: readersbooks

Novelist Lan Samantha Chan will be at Readers' Books on Friday, February 25th at 6pm to discuss her newest novel, The Family Chao, with Bay Area author Angela Pneuman. The Family Chao is a laugh-out-loud, searing, and profound portrait of a singular immigrant family grappling with trauma, grief, race, love, and longing. 

The seemingly pleasant, predominantly white town of Haven, Wisconsin, has been home to a Chinese restaurant, Fine Chao, for nearly four decades. Diners in Haven have happily consumed Fine Chao's inexpensive food while extolling the Chao parents for raising good, accomplished sons. However, behind the scenes, the three sons each struggle differently with their father's bad, often monstrous behavior and their mother's self-sacrifice. When Leo, the beguiling, tyrannical patriarch of the family, is found dead, presumed murdered, on Christmas morning, the simmering tensions between his sons' aspirations and anguish, come to a head.  

Lan Samantha Chang is the award-winning author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance and All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost. The director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she lives in Iowa City. She is also a recurring faculty member of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Angela Pneuman is the Managing Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.

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Event date: 
Friday, February 25, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
130 E. Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
The Family Chao: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393868074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 1st, 2022