- Published: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010.
- Year Published: 2010
- Description: 293 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Chinese -- Fiction. -- New York (State) -- New York
- Women immigrants -- Fiction.
- Chinese American teenagers -- Fiction.
- Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
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Girl in translation
by Kwok, Jean.
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I read this book for a contemporary literature class at the University of Michigan. My favorite part of class discussions involved analyzing the fairy-tale/folklore elements Kwok uses throughout the work's seemingly modern plot. Yale feels like a palace, and Curt is even a surprising prince charming at points. The novel's end twists traditional ideas of happily-ever-after and leaves the reader wondering whether they would have made the same choice too.
Engaging, informative but not overwhelming. The perfect summer read. The author makes a few choices that make this an adult book rather than a teen book.
This is a good, quick read. It gave me a glimpse into what life would be like in great New York City as an immigrant, and while you can probably imagine some of it, this book really brought it to life and as a previous reviewer said, it felt like a memoir.
Gorgeous fiction with characters so finely drawn that I kept having to remind myself it wasn’t a memoir.
I loved the characters in this book, and was frustrated at first by the prologue. "Why finish the book if I know how it's going to end"? I asked. Wrong! It has a surprise ending. The story is very intriguing, and the characters truly human. The setting seems familiar yet new: if you thought you knew Brooklyn and Manhattan, look again. It's a great coming-of-age story (I love coming-of-age stories!) about a young Chinese immigrant and her mother. I highly recommend this well-written book.
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