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Meet me tonight in Atlantic City : a memoir / Jane Wong.

Wong, Jane, (author.).


"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. Jane 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, Jane 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"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781953534675
  • ISBN: 1953534678
  • Physical Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First US edition
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City -- Root Canal Street -- A Cheat Sheet for Restaurant Babies -- Give Us Our Crowns -- A Jane by Any Other Name -- Bad Bildungsroman with Table Tennis -- The Object of Love -- To Love a Mosquito -- The Thief -- Snow, Rain, Heat, Pandemic, Gloom of Night -- Finding the Bloodline -- Astonished Enough?
Subject: Wong, Jane > Family.
Chinese American women > New Jersey > Atlantic City > Biography.
Chinese Americans > New Jersey > Atlantic City > Biography.
Women poets > Biography.
Poets > Biography.
Atlantic City (N.J.) > Biography.
Seattle (Wash.) > Biography.
New Jersey > Atlantic City.
Washington (State) > Seattle.
Genre: Autobiographies.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 974.985 WONG 2023 (Text) 0001012514263 Nonfiction New Reshelving -

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