Holding Pattern

Jenny Xie

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A NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION "5 UNDER 35" HONOREE

"Exquisite and wise." - New York Times

"There is so much heart in these pages, so much wisdom on how we love. This book had me in its orbit, from beginning to end." - Weike Wang, author of Joan is Okay

Kathleen Cheng has blown up her life. She's gone through a humiliating breakup, dropped out of her graduate program, and left everything behind. Now she's back in her childhood home in Oakland, wondering what's next.

To her surprise, her mother isn't the same person Kathleen remembers. No longer depressed or desperate to return to China, the new Marissa Cheng is sporty, perky, and has been transformed by love. Kathleen thought she'd be planning her own wedding, but instead finds herself helping her mother plan hers--to a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur.

Grasping for direction, Kathleen takes a job at a start-up that specializes in an unconventional form of therapy based on touch. While she negotiates new ideas about intimacy and connection, an unforeseen attachment to someone at work pushes her to rethink her relationships--especially the one with Marissa. Will they succeed in seeing each other anew, adult to adult?

As they peel back the layers of their history--the old wounds, cultural barriers, and complex affection--they must come to a new understanding of how they can propel each other forward, and what they've done to hold each other back. Brilliantly observant, tender, and warm, Holding Pattern is a hopeful novel about immigration and belonging, mother-daughter relationships, and the many ways we learn to hold each other.

Publisher: Riverhead Books
Published: 06/20/2023
Pages: 288
Weight: 0.86lbs
Size: 8.59h x 6.12w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780593539705


Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 04/17/2023
Booklist 05/01/2023 pg. 19
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2023

About the Author
Jenny Xie is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. Originally from Shanghai, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her MFA at Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Ninth Letter, Joyland, Narrative, and the Best of the Net Anthology. Jenny is the recipient of a Bread Loaf scholarship and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Loghaven. She is a contributing writer for Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy, and Dwell, where she was the executive editor.