Lucky Girl

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Algonquin Books, Apr 28, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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In a true story of family ties, journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood, one of the first wave of Asian adoptees to arrive in America, comes face to face with her past when her Chinese birth family suddenly requests a reunion after more than two decades.In 1974, a baby girl from Taiwan arrived in America, the newly adopted child of a loving couple in Michigan. Mei-Ling Hopgood had an all-American upbringing, never really identifying with her Asian roots or harboring a desire to uncover her ancestry. She believed that she was lucky to have escaped a life that was surely one of poverty and misery, to grow up comfortable with her doting parents and brothers. Then, when she's in her twenties, her birth family comes calling. Not the rural peasants she expected, they are a boisterous, loving, bossy, complicated middle-class family who hound her daily by phone, fax, and letter, in a language she doesn't understand until she returns to Taiwan to meet them. As her sisters and parents pull her into their lives, claiming her as one of their own, the devastating secrets that still haunt this family begin to emerge. Spanning cultures and continents, "Lucky Girl" brings home a tale of joy and regret, hilarity, deep sadness, and great discovery as the author untangles the unlikely strands that formed her destiny.

 

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User Review  - michelle.mount - LibraryThing

Seems like the book could of ended halfway through. The second half was a more in-depth look at the first half with some added details or events. At first I wasn't taken with Hopgood's journalistic ... Read full review

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User Review  - keristars - LibraryThing

Lucky Girl is a memoir about what it's like to have been adopted and to be able to go back and attempt to rejoin one's birth family, and especially what it's like to have two families from such ... Read full review

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Contents

2 The Birth of a Family
19
3 Twisting Fate
34
4 The Odd Couple
44
5 Happy Days
66
6 The Return
81
7 A Perfect Reunion
101
8 Meimei
113
9 Through the Looking Glass
122
11 The Biology of Adoption
145
12 Handmade Dumplings
154
13 Daddys Girl
168
14 The Boy
180
15 MotherDaughter Banquet
190
16 The Namesakes
213
17 The Lucky Eight
233
EPILOGUE
240

10 Crosscurrents
133

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About the author (2009)

Mei-Ling Hopgood is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, National Geographic Traveler, and the Miami Herald, and has worked in the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her husband and their daughter.nbsp; A newspaper feature she wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the reunion with her birth family won a national award from the Asian American Journalists Association.

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