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Jane Wong, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City - Paperback Release!

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Thu, 05/02/2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Join us in the Readings Gallery to celebrate the paperback release of Jane Wong's bestselling memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City!

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An incandescent, exquisitely written memoir about family, food, girlhood, resistance, and growing up in a Chinese American restaurant on the Jersey shore.

In the late 1980s on the Jersey shore, Jane Wong watches her mother shake ants from an MSG bin behind the family's Chinese restaurant. She is a hungry daughter frying crab rangoon for lunch, a child sneaking naps on bags of rice, a playful sister scheming to trap her brother in the freezer before he traps her first. She is part of a family staking their claim to the American dream, even as this dream crumbles. Beneath Atlantic City's promise lies her father's gambling addiction, an addiction that causes him to disappear for days and ultimately leads to the loss of the restaurant.

In her debut memoir, Wong tells a new story about Atlantic City, one that resists a single identity, a single story, as she writes about making do with what you have—and what you don't. What does it mean, she asks, to be both tender and angry? What is strength without vulnerability—and humor? Filled with beauty found in unexpected places, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City is a resounding love song of the Asian American working class, a portrait of how we become who we are, and a story of lyric wisdom to hold and to share.

"I love the tenderness and ferocity of her prose, unsentimental and wrenching, that refuses easy triumph in its immigrant story and isn't afraid of uncovering both beauty and brutality." —Sally Wen Mao, author of Oculus

Jane Wong is the author of the memoir Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City (Tin House, 2023). She also wrote two poetry collections: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, UCross, Loghaven, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and others. An interdisciplinary artist as well, she has exhibited her poetry installations and performances at the Frye Art Museum, Richmond Art Gallery, and the Asian Art Museum. She grew up in a take-out restaurant on the Jersey shore and is an Associate Professor at Western Washington University. Find her on Instagram @paradeofcats.

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Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City By Jane Wong Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030393
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tin House Books - April 30th, 2024

How to Not Be Afraid of Everything By Jane Wong Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781948579216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alice James Books - October 12th, 2021

Overpour By Jane Wong Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780900575914
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Action Books - October 15th, 2016

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