Girl in Translation

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Center Point Pub., 2010 - Fiction - 367 pages
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When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker at night. Disguising the difficult truths of her life -- like the extent of her poverty, the degree to which her family's future rests on her, 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 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 family, and their personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about.

In an indelible voice, Jean Kwok has written a classic novel of the immigrant experience -- a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.

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User Review  - haymaai - LibraryThing

‘Girl In Translation,’ by Jean Kwok, is about a twelve-year-old immigrant girl, Kimberly Chang, and her mother who emigrates from Hong Kong to the United States. By day, the mother must work twelve ... Read full review

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Girl In Translation, Jean Kwok, author; Grace Wey, narrator. Ah-Kim (Kimberly) Chang left China with her mother and came to America when she was 11 years old. Assisted by her ma’s elder sister, Aunt ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jean Kwok has a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She taught at the University of Leiden and is an alumnus of the Amsterdam Writing Workshops. Jean's debut novel is entitled Girl in Translation. This 2010 novel has already been sold in eight countries. It made the IBooks Best Seller List in 2017.

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