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Girl in Translation

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Jean Kwok | Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Girl in Translation

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
67056
publisher:
Riverhead
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Jean Kwok takes two well-trod literary conceits — coming of age and coming to America — and renders them surprisingly fresh in her fast-moving, clean-prosed immigrants’ tale, Girl in Translation. Along with her widowed mother, 11-year-old Kimberly (Ah-Kim) Chang is transported from the balmy familiarity of her native Hong Kong to the icy, inhospitable projects of 1980s Brooklyn — a girl with little grasp of the language and cultural mores of her newly adopted homeland, and even less financial means. How Kimberly fights through almost obscene marginalization to forge her own version of the American dream is consistently compelling, even if Girl‘s needlessly soapy conclusion seems unworthy of what came before. B+

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