A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
An Amazon Editors' Pick
People, A Best Book of the Year
Eighteen-year-old Shelley, born in Yunnan Province, dreams of bigger things. Buoyed by an exuberant heart and his cousin Deng's tall tales about the United States, Shelley heads to San Francisco to claim his destiny, confident that any hurdles will be easily overcome by the awesome powers of the "Chinese groove," a belief in the unspoken bonds between countrymen that transcend time and borders. Upon arrival, the loving family he hoped would embrace him is in shambles. Ever the optimist, Shelley concocts a plan to resuscitate his American dream by insinuating himself into the family. And, who knows, maybe he'll even manage to bring them back together in the process.