The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh
Genre: Magical Realism, Chick Lit, Asian Culture
Publication: September 6th 2022 by Atria Books
Taken from Goodreads: Everyone in Orange County’s Little Saigon knew that the Duong sisters were cursed.
It started with their ancestor Oanh who dared to leave her marriage for true love—so a fearsome Vietnamese witch cursed Oanh and her descendants so that they would never find love or happiness, and the Duong women would give birth to daughters, never sons.
Oanh’s current descendant Mai Nguyen knows this curse well. She’s divorced, and after an explosive disagreement a decade ago, she’s estranged from her younger sisters, Minh Pham (the middle and the mediator) and Khuyen Lam (the youngest who swears she just runs humble coffee shops and nail salons, not Little Saigon’s underground). Though Mai’s three adult daughters, Priscilla, Thuy, and Thao, are successful in their careers (one of them is John Cho’s dermatologist!), the same can’t be said for their love life. Mai is convinced they might drive her to an early grave.
Desperate for guidance, she consults Auntie Hua, her trusted psychic in Hawaii, who delivers an unexpected prediction: this year, her family will witness a marriage, a funeral, and the birth of a son. This prophecy will reunite estranged mothers, daughters, aunts, and cousins—for better or for worse.
A multi-narrative novel brimming with levity and candor, The Fortunes of Jaded Women is about mourning, meddling, celebrating, and healing together as a family. It shows how Vietnamese women emerge victorious, even if the world is against them.
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Meet the Author: (Taken from her website) I write about Vietnamese American identity, diasporic witches of the west coast, and tall-tales my mother would tell me in a humorous way. I am represented by Stephanie Kim over at New Leaf Literary. My nonfiction work has appeared in diaCRITICS, the International Examiner and others. My debut novel, THE FORTUNES OF JADED WOMEN, comes out Sept 6, 2022 from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.I studied journalism at Seattle University for my B.A., Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington for my M.S, and am a MFA drop out (sorry mom).You can find me somewhere along the west coast, cuddling my dog, either in Los Angeles or Seattle, depending on the season. Or sometimes in Saigon, having iced coffee on a rooftop.