The Woo-woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, And My Crazy Chinese Family

October 1, 2018|
The Woo-woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, And My Crazy Chinese Family by Lindsay Wong
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Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers'' Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction; Winner, Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize; Longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

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, 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 vagaries of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself.

Lindsay Wong is the author of the memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers'' Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction. She holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an MFA in literary non-fiction from...
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Title:The Woo-woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, And My Crazy Chinese Family
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:316 pages, 8 X 5.9 X 0.9 in
Shipping dimensions:316 pages, 8 X 5.9 X 0.9 in
Published:October 1, 2018
Publisher:Arsenal Pulp Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781551527369

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