Four years of sex and Women's Studies, and Ruby Lee's coming home... Now, after graduation, she's back living in her parents' Chinese laundry in Queens and temping as a 'no-bullshit, kick-ass typist' in Manhattan, holding her tight black clothes together with Sellotape and trying to stop her life from falling apart. Her Jewish boyfriend Nick wants her to curb her addiction to one-night stands. Her parents want her to get a career and settle down. And Ruby wants to be an all-American girl, but is torn between the power of her sensual, independent nature and the pull of her Chinese inheritance, which she cannot leave behind...
'Both elegant and streetwise... Ng's voice is original... she does not flinch from the sexually explicit or the emotionally painful, but she is also humorous.'
Nicolette Jones, Financial Times
'A witty, moving and, at times, painfully honest first novel.'
Sally Morris, Sunday Mirror