An affectionate tribute to her tough, powerful Chinese mother. "Kirkus Reviews"
I devoured this book in one sitting...alternately cheering, laughing, cringing, and gasping in horror. Lui captures the complexity of a mother-daughter relationship that is both complicated and beautiful. Poignant with a bare honesty that may make you think (and rethink) your own relationships. Jenny Lawson, #1"New York Times" bestselling author of"Let's Pretend This Never Happened"
Meet Elaine Lui's mother. She's a movie, an Amy Tan novel, and a sitcom all rolled into one. * Or as her daughter sums it up: She's Chinese, she squawks like a chicken, she is totally nuts, and I am totally dependent on her.
With tales of brutal mah-jong competitions, all-cap texts ( YOUR BAD SKIN NEED SOUP ); public shaming, and pearls of occasionally-bizarre wisdom; Lui not only paints a portrait of a challenging, frustrating, fascinating woman that will make you laugh and cry she eloquently describes exactly what it's like to love someone who drives you crazy.
A remarkable memoir about Lui's relationship with her Hong Kong-born mom, who makes Tiger Mothers look like pussycats. "Tampa Bay Times"
*Lisa Gabriele, author and TV producer.