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This is an emotionally gripping book that is beautifully written and perfectly paced. The setting for quite a bit of the book is North Carolina in the aftermath of a double hurricane. Diane Chamberlain adeptly conveys the chaotic state of makeshift hospitals and the extreme working conditions the doctors and other rescue team members are forced to work in. She pulls you in and presents detailed realistic circumstances, allowing a greater appreciation for the men and women who work with real life organization in disaster areas. Between the lines is a powerful message of compassion for our fellow human being. She also has very complex characters you can relate to and a plot thatís multi-layered with twits and surprises totally immersing you in the moment; itís hard to put the book down. The underlying theme coursing through the story is one of discovering peace and purpose in life. Like so many others, I did not like the bookís ending, but donít let this deter you from an otherwise beautiful story. In summary, a great light read about family, sisters and helping others. Great for anyone who enjoys a good story with strong emotional pull, suspense and intrigue. 

Review: Girl in Translation

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

This was a really good read. A mom and daughter immigrate to America and endure hardships working in a sweatshop owned by a relative. It's about a girl who is smart as a whip who is finding her way to ... Read full review

Review: Girl in Translation

User Review  - Janie - Goodreads

Girl in Translation is the story of Kimberly Chang, an eleven-year old girl who arrives in Brooklyn from Hong Kong with her widowed mother. Their immigration has been arranged and paid for by Aunt ... Read full review

Review: Girl in Translation

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Note: This review is of an advance uncorrected proof. There may be changes to the final publication. First, I'd like to state that I was very heartbroken when, about 100 pages into this novel, I read ... Read full review

Review: Girl in Translation

User Review  - Jendimmick - Goodreads

A shocking and heartbreaking story of immigration, poverty, hard work, and love. Ah Kim (Kimberly) and her mother immigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, where despite having been "generously" sponsored ... Read full review

Review: Girl in Translation

User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

Exactly the kind of book I enjoy: immigrant family, conflicts between cultures, love story. I enjoyed it very much. Read full review


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