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The woo woo : how I survived ice hockey, drug raids, demons, and my crazy Chinese family / Lindsay Wong.

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Interurban Library RC 512 W65 2018 (Text) 26040003378649 Main Collection Volume hold Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781551527369 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 315 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018.

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In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when they should really be on anti-psychotic meds. Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo"Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; when she was six, Lindsay and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food court,and on a camping trip, in an effort to rid her daughter of demons, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire. The eccentricities take a dark turn,however, when her aunt, suffering from a psychotic breakdown, holds the city hostage for eight hours when she threatens to jump off a bridge. And when Lindsay starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself, she wonders whether she will suffer the same fate as her family. At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagarie sof mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself.
Awards Note:
BC Book Prizes 2019 - Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize
Subject: Wong, Lindsay, 1987-
Wong, Lindsay, 1987- > Childhood and youth.
Wong, Lindsay, 1987- > Family.
Wong, Lindsay, 1987- > Mental health.
Chinese Canadians > British Columbia > Vancouver > Biography.
Psychoses > Patients > British Columbia > Vancouver > Biography.
Psychoses > Patients > Family relationships > British Columbia > Vancouver.
Topic Heading: Canada Reads 2019 shortlist

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