The Woo-woo

The Woo-woo

How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family

Book - 2018
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"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. When Lindsay was six, she and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food court, and on a camping trip, Lindsay's mother tried to rid her daughter of demons by lighting her foot on fire. The eccentricities take a dark turn, however, when her aunt, suffering from a psychotic breakdown, holds the city of Vancouver hostage for eight hours when she threatens to jump off a bridge. 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 mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781551527369
Branch Call Number: 616.890092 WON 2018
Characteristics: 315 pages ; 21 cm

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There is much sadness but also much humour and compassion in this book.

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. When Lindsay was six, she and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food co... Read More »


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