American Born Chinese first appears to be a graphic novel of short stories. The first introduces us to the Monkey King. The second changes direction and shows us the world of Jin Wang. And the third, changes gears yet again to introduce us to Danny and his cousin, Chin-kee. The reader rotates among these different stories until the end wraps them up into one.
Let's be honest. At first, I was a bit confused with all these different story lines. BUT then . . . then Yang comes from out of left field and BAM! Home run!! I'm telling you that this book just blew me away. And, it could not have been done so brilliantly in any other way than in graphic form. I can't really say anything more without sharing spoilers, so I am going to leave you with only one recommendation . . .
READ IT. RIGHT NOW.
Have you had the pleasure of surprise from American Born Chinese?