Girl in Translation

Girl in Translation

Book - 2010
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Caught between the pressure to succeed in America, her duty to their family, and her own personal desires, Kimberly Chang, an immigrant girl from Hong Kong, learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594487569
Branch Call Number: FIC KWOK
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm


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Rebecca_Kohn May 22, 2018

Powerful novel that delves into the American experience from the perspective of a young woman from China who fights for her vision of the American dream while simultaneously working in an illegal sweatshop. Kwok's writing is top-notch, it is a book you can't bear to put down because you feel like you are in the moment with the characters. While this book is set in New York City, the emotions, struggle, and drive of the main character have a message relevant to the entire country.

HCL_staff_reviews Apr 13, 2018

A Chinese immigrant and her teenage daughter experience love, loss, poverty and acculturation in this coming of age novel set in New York. — Sarah G., Eden Prairie Library

Jan 26, 2017

Great read! Hard to put down. What I didn't like was the premarital sex.

Aug 26, 2016

I love the story :) Must read book.

Sep 30, 2015

Loved this book. Beautiful and sadly poignant story of a Korean immigrant mother and daughter trying to make a life in the garment industry in NY. Kimberly, the daughter, is quite brilliant and must cope with American school in addition to working evenings at the factory. It's a life that I myself have never know, but the reality of child labor is true for some. I loved the character growth and development of Kimberly and admired her fortitude when coping with living conditions and life events that would cripple many.

Jan 19, 2015

What an important exploration of American culture through the eyes of an immigrant mother and daughter. Loved this book. Want to read more from this author.

Jun 16, 2014

An immigration story with a focus on the mother/daughter relationship of the main characters. Loosely based on the author's personal experience. It was a good storyline but the writing style was a little flat for me.

ChristchurchLib Jun 15, 2014

"Drawing on author Jean Kwok's own experience, this debut novel tells the story of Ah Kim, who emigrated with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, where she decides to go by Kimberly Chang at school. Their unheated apartment is condemned (and infested), and both must work at a sweatshop to pay back the aunt who financed their transport, but that doesn't stop Kimberly from excelling at school. Success there eventually takes her to Yale, but not without some hardships. Partially a coming-of-age story, this tale of an immigrant's experience offers "much to savor" (Booklist). Kwok's second novel, Mambo in Chinatown, will be published this month." Fiction A to Z June 2014 newsletter

Dec 04, 2013

A very well deserved 5 stars! This book was compared to 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' which was unequivocally my favorite novel growing up. I think this one would have definitely been a contender; something about the strength of the protagonist and the love of her and her mother makes this book so special. I'll likely read this again in the future.

JCLKinsleyR Oct 07, 2013

Coming of age story about the struggles of being an immigrant in a large city that can easily swallow you up.

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