Date Read: April 26, 2019
When Silicon Valley Chinese patriarch Stanley Huang is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the question of inheritance pops into the mind of his two adult children, Fred and Kate, his ex-wife, Linda, and his current wife, Mary. As any SV hotshot would, Stanley frequently boasted a large legacy to leave behind, but as his illness progresses, the truth of his claims about his finances comes into question.
Family Trust is full of inside looks into venture capitalist workings, startup drama, and the struggles of a personal life outside of those demanding work conditions as well. The novel presents both crises, and fortunate happenstances, and even forges slightly into the worldly topics of discrimination, equality, and equity in a pointed yet reserved manner, drawing attention without dwelling. Wang’s piece is highly finessed and timely; the reality induced into the Huang family’s daily existences is more the novel’s highlight than the specific story line, the culmination of which one can easily predict at the outset.
On the surface, it’s easy to chalk Family Trust up as the more serious sibling to Crazy Rich Asians–but perhaps, the details about just how those Asians became Crazy Rich– but the fortitude in this novel does not lie in its extravagance or its luxury, but in its reality and, specifically, in its incredibly well-curated characters. Frequent readers of my reviews know that I am a stickler for a strong character arc, and Wang very skillfully supplies those expanding lines that I always hope for. What pushes the strength of Family Trust‘s characters to yet another level for me, however, is that their development does not come from descriptive words in the narrative, rather it comes from their actions and convictions.
Family Trust was an enjoyable read with intricate detail, perfect for fans of Kevin Kwan and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Buy it here or get it from your local library! Happy reading! 🙂