Thursday, August 3, 2017


Commitment. I ached with empathy for the anxiety suffered by the unnamed protagonist in Weike Wang’s debut novel titled, Chemistry. The narrator faces key coming of age questions about commitment in her personal and work life. After years of diligent study in chemistry, she realizes that she doesn’t like the work. When her scientist boyfriend proposes marriage, she cannot commit herself to what that means. Wang explores different meanings of chemistry and the ways in which family and commitments become part of who we are. This is a funny and well-written novel that will appeal to intelligent readers who understand the nature of expectations and anxiety that life choices can bring. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Chemistry from

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