Book Review: Girl in Translation
Hello All! I feel like I'm starting to read a little slower, but I've just been pretty busy with life, work, and my second book about to come out (
About the Author
Jean Kwok is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee, Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world.
Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood while living in an unheated, roach-infested apartment. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer. Her beloved brother Kwan passed away in a tragic plane accident and was the inspiration behind Searching for Sylvie Lee. Jean is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese and English, and studied Latin for seven years. She lives in the Netherlands.
About the Book
When Kimberly Chang and her mother imigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life—the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family’s future resting on her shoulders, 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, back and forth, between the worlds she straddles.
The first thing I want to point out in my review is that I completely forgot I was reading a
I also loved the author's theme of "blood isn't always thicker than water." We see Kimberly's aunt, her mother's sister, treat them horribly. She let's Kimberly and her mother live in poverty and let's them know they are below her. While strangers and friends have been on Kimberly and Kimberly's
Lastly, I appreciate the author's