The Wondrous Woo Paperback – Sep 15 2013
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"What do you do when your father dies and leaves your siblings with super powers, but overlooks you? Leung deftly blends magic, Kung Fu and heartbreak in this endearing and unusual coming of age tale. I cringed and giggled and cried as I followed Miramar Woo in her struggle to grow up in the 'burbs, deal with her family and find her own extraordinary gifts."- Farzana Doctor, author of Stealing Nasreen and Six Metres of Pavement"Leung's novel is particularly engaging because she masters a kind of tragicomic tonality that leads to a reading experience generously peppered with narrative poignancy and quirky humor. The slightly offbeat storyline occasionally verges on the surreal, which gives the plot the occasional jolt: besides the Gifts of her siblings, her mother also must confront the occasional psychotic break, which alludes to a larger theme of madness that runs through the novel. Coming out of Inanna publications, this novel is clearly originating a publishing industry that fosters experimentation and innovation, reminiscent of the work of other Asian Canadian writers such as the recently reviewed Corinna Chong (recall the mother who studies crop circles). Certainly, a novel that takes its own spin on the model minority narrative and immigrant development."- Asian American Literature Fans"Miramar's experience balancing her Chinese and Canadian cultures is what makes this novel a fantastic addition to Canadian literature. The stories fill an expanding literary field that addresses feelings of exclusion along with identity, which is a very real experience for many Canadians. For her first novel, Leung has packed so much into this book. It breaks the barriers of silence that surround mental health, cultural difference and does it in an entertaining way. The characters and images bring the book to life. I would absolutely recommend The Wondrous Woo, and am looking forward to what Leung will produce next!"- Schema Magazine"The Wondrous Woo is the kind of tale that can bring out the super-hero in readers too." - Buried in Print
About the Author
Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer, educator and business owner who lives in Toronto with as much aplomb as she can muster. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto and teaches at Ontario College of Art and Design University. She is also the co-owner of Multiple Organics, an organic grocery store. She, her partner, their son and two dogs live in the west-end of Toronto.
Top Customer Reviews
Miramar Woo is a heroine in the very best sense of that word, finding her own way to herself while grieving for Ba (her father), leaving home and still caring for Ma and her two savant siblings Sophia and Darwin. Each chapter (except the first and the last) echoes a short mythical, magical, completely intriguing prologue. This is a daring and accomplished first novel and I look forward to much more from Carrianne Leung!
Thank you so much for sharing Miramar's story with me, Carrianne!
Most recent customer reviews
It was a great book with a hint of fantasy and reality in it. Both sides of the book were well written and reading the book was a wonderful experience.Published 21 months ago by a.s
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, It's beautiful, heart-wrenching, magical and yet, wholly real.Published 22 months ago by Lisa De Nikolits