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Publisher Description

Introducing a fresh, exciting Chinese-American voice, an inspiring debut about an immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures.

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

Through Kimberly's story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about. Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant-a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.

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GENRE
Fiction & Literature
Books
RELEASED
2010
April 29
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
887.8
Kb

Customer Reviews

Denamou ,

Girl in translation

Well worth reading.

Aunty Gadget ,

Very enjoyable

Loved this, well written, sensitive and reveals a lot about a culture and community that is not well covered in the 'mainstream' -- great airplane book that doesn't make you feel like you are going brain dead

Nataliew12345 ,

BEST BOOK

I love this book so much. It's told from a different perspective about a life of a highly intelligent woman/girl. It's thought provoking, not a lighthearted love book. It's personally one of my favorite books. It's inspiring to see the main character work though all of her problems, and emerge victorious. It reminds me that no country or life is perfect, but working hard for yourself can change that. MUST READ! I highly recommend it!

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