A business goes bankrupt. A now-bankrupt family goes on a road trip. Hijinks ensue. At the simplest level, this is what happens in The Wangs vs. the World. And that simplicity is where its brilliance lies. Jade Chang fills in the details of this straight-forward outline with beautifully portrayed, complex, and frequently hilarious characters. The members of the Wang family grapple not only with their financial downfall but the generation gap, family dysfunction, the immigrant experience, and the opportunities and obstacles of cross-country adventures. Mile by mile, page by page, Chang has created a family saga for the ages.