Canada Reads 2019 @ SAPL – The Woo-Woo

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Woo-Woo Lindsay Wong

The Woo-Woo: how i survived ice hockey, drug raids, demons, and my crazy Chinese family by Lindsay Wong

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. (Publisher)

CBC Canada Reads 2019 page on The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong

Brief author bio (Writers’ Trust of Canada)

Why Lindsay Wong wrote a memoir about her family’s mental health struggles (CBC Books)

A Vancouver Sun interview with Lindsay Wong

A Ricepaper Magazine interview with Lindsay Wong

A Toronto Star book review

A Quill & Quire book review

A Kirkus book review

 

 

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