Our book for March was The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang. Some people really loved it and some really didn’t get on with it. I think we were all expecting a different book based on the cover and the blurb. There wasn’t much of the comedy we were promised, and we were expecting the significant event of the book to happen much earlier than it did. It firmly reminded us not to judge a book by its cover!
“For years, the residents of Lake Haven, Wisconsin ignored the whispered troubles about the Chao family, if only to keep eating at the best restaurant in town. But when tyrannical patriarch Big Chao is found frozen to death in the family’s meat freezer, scandalous events force the community to turn its attention to the three Chao sons.
DAGOU, presupposed heir to the business.
MING, successful banker, determined to sever ties with Haven’s Asian community once and for all.
JAMES, naive college student, who is only just learning of his family’s past.
As the family’s dog mysteriously disappears, and Dagou “Dog Eater” Chao is held on trial for his father’s murder, the Chaos’ turbulent history spills into the public eye while a small town looks on in disbelief…”