"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.