Charles Wang

With her debut novel 'The Wangs Vs. The World,' Jade Chang hit big

With her debut novel 'The Wangs Vs. The World,' Jade Chang hit big

“In a lot of ways, a country is like a family,” says Jade Chang.

We’re seated across from one another at a table in her West Hollywood apartment, blithely laying slices of cold butter onto vegan banana bread and discussing her debut, bestselling novel, “The Wangs vs. the World,” which charts one Chinese American family’s fall from riches to rags, and the epic, cross-country road trip that brings them together again. An attentive hostess, Chang pushes a pot of ruby-colored “seasonal surprise” jam toward me, insistent that I dig in. (“Get like, a whole berry,” she says.) She’s dressed casually in jeans and a soft gray T-shirt, delicate gold bangles encircling her...

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