—Los Angeles Times
lively first novel takes a fresh look at the twentysomething dating
Hwang throws in some unexpected surprises and manages
to take a different approach to a popular genre."
humor, lively dialogue, and a compassionate take on being a single
woman under a traditional mother's matchmaking thumb enliven this
Hwang paints a deliciously scathing portrait
of life behind the catwalk, while her sharp ear for dialogue captures
the fictional mother's broken Korean-English perfectly. Perhaps
most vitally, though, the story's savvy urban rush never jostles
the gently endearing path of Hwang's delicate mother-daughter
insightful, and sharp as a pair of this season's Pradas, In
Full Bloom offers a bouquet to any reader who's ever gone
looking for love with her mother looking over her shoulder."
Jennifer Weiner, author of
Good in Bed and In Her Shoes
Full Bloom made me laugh, cringe in recognition, miss my family,
and thank god I had never worked as a fashion assistant! Caroline
Hwang has written a funny and sad novel, a truthful portrait of
life in the fashionable fast lane as it is lived by a second generation
Asian-American woman attempting to resolve both sides of her identity."
Melissa de la Cruz, author
of Cat's Meow
couldn't put it down! Caroline Hwang leads the reader to expect
one thing, then hits us with the unexpected every time. She brings
Jane Austen's themes storming into the twenty first centuryand
convention goes out the window."
Emily Barr, author of Backpack
smart, funny, elegantly written book, full of wit and intelligence."
Anna Maxted, author of Running
Wendy Holden, author of Farm