Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Review- A Novel This Time

Girl In Translation is a semi-autobiographical novel I picked up on a whim the other day. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down......and that's saying a lot with all the interruptions I have these days. This is Jean Kwok's debut novel based loosely on her own life. In the book Kim and her widowed mother immigrate from Hong Kong to find themselves in Brooklyn, working in a sweatshop. Sweatshop? Yes, in the 1990's. Kim was placed in school speaking no English and eventually earned her way into an ivy-league school. The novel parallels Kwok's life closely.....so well in fact that you could picture all scenarios in the book actually happening in the present. From the secret sweatshops in Chinatown exploiting child workers, to a normal teen just wanting to fit in with her peers, Kwok's use of first person storytelling makes her work reality to the reader. If you are looking for a great beach read that isn't fluff nor heavy study.....this works.

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