Pieces of Gold

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Bantam Books, 1999 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Nancy Young Mosny makes her debut with this novel, based on true events, of a Chinese-American woman who must come to grips with her mother's stroke while simultaneously caring for her young children. At times funny, at times heartbreaking, always rich in the idiosyncrasies of belonging to an immigrant family, "Thousand Pieces of Gold" is a patchwork of growing old and growing up, of Chinese and American, of strength and frailties, all pulled together by the love and hatred that bind us all.To Jenny, Ma Ma has always been a pillar of strength, a courageous woman who left everything behind to build a life in a faraway land. To Ma Ma, Jenny has always been her "cheen gum", her thousand pieces of gold, her precious only daughter -- even if Jenny did marry a "white ghost" and move to New Jersey, even if the only Chinese food she serves her family is take-out. Now Ma Ma has suffered a stroke, leaving Jenny feeling as helpless as Ma Ma lying in her hospital bed. Suddenly it is Jenny's turn to hold the family together. But Jenny is stronger than she knows. As Ma Ma struggles to relearn the simplest tasks, Jenny will discover the thousand ways a mother and daughter are joined heart to heart, connected by painful family secrets and rich cultural lore, and by a treasure beyond price.

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

The emotions involved in parents becoming old and sick are shown with a pinch of intercultural (mis)understandings against the background of New York's Chinatown. Well written and enjoyable. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This debut novel by a Chinese American about taking care of ailing elderly parents begins with much promise but peters out into short chapters that note, but don't dig deeply into, the passing of time ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Nancy Young Mosny,  a former staff writer and editor of Glamour magazine,  divides her time between New York and Florida with her family.  She is now working on a screenplay.

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