Girl In Translation
ISBN: 1594485151
EAN13: 9781594485152
Language: English
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

From the author of Searching for Sylvie Lee, the iconic, New York Times-bestselling debut novel that introduced an important Chinese-American voice with an inspiring story of an immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures.

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate 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--like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or 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.

Through Kimberly's story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about. Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant-a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.

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   This very good book to read
The book starts slow, and by the time you get to the second half, it's too late. In the 1800s, people lived in town houses built by the French. Yes, it still a lot that I get to speak of. It should be read in school over here. But she added: "If that was a teenager, I would have a great lesson." We're delighted the government has recognised the value of consultation, Mr. Rule told the judge.
   Truly a great story
It was a total disaster from the get-go, and I couldn't stop. As an immigrant you don't always know about the hard times of life in America. It was great to hear their story, said Blair. The story isn't exactly true, but the author did live her early life in a similar way as an immigrant in NYC.
   Good read
If you're looking for a book that doesn't involve a lot of new information or complicated themes this is the book for you. In her powerful and witty memoir, Kwok reveals the mind of an unusual young immigrant struggling to fit in while retaining her identity as she passes through adolescence. A great first book, thoroughly enjoyable, finished in less than four days, Tipograph said.
   I did not want to put this book down. ...
The girl, who has no family, is desperate to find a way out of such abject poverty. You can maintain optimism and see others without envy or jealousy, Raymond said.
   A modern-day immigration story
I was hooked on Girl in Translation when it was included in the SiriusXM Satellite Radio Book channel lineup and needed to hear the audiobook from start to finish. In a world of excess and entitlement, Strimbold's story of adversity and determination was captivating. The narration was also very good, the two characters were believable. The lesson in Chinese culture and dialog was subtle but valuable, he said. Great customer service, Brian.
   It was flat
It could have been two sentences, he said. I was poor but smart and then I effed up a few lives, Raymond said. It was the 98% of a poor immigrant story with ZERO drama. The only drama was made up of a deceitful decision that will miss you off. Or maybe it was written that way so you felt like you were in a cave. Our book would have been a great read, Mr. Rule told us. It was actually a surprise it wasn't a fiction, stealing drama from us because it never existed.
   A pleasant and predicable reading experience
In the US, a young Chinese girl and her mother are being looked after by an unkind relative. The mother and daughter, both U.S. citizens, work long hours for less than minimum wage in a sweltering factory. The daughter must negotiate the American school system in the hope of improving the family's quality of life and having a fulfilling future, Mrs Clinton said. It's a well-written book about common immigrant problems with a predicable ending, Raymond said.
   Immigrant Experience Realistically Told
I enjoyed reading this book because it details the struggle, harsh life, and cultural differences of this mother and daughter who emigrated from Hong Kong to New York City. The time period in which this story takes place is unclear. However, I was very disappointed by the ending because it seems almost impossible that Kim, the main character, could achieve what she did considering her life's circumstances.
For a second you might have considered picking up this book. One of the defining and well-known stories of the 20th century is how the world came to know Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities." The characters are so easy to connect to, Sosa said. I recommend this book to anyone who reads it. Thanks so much for the review.
   Love these characters
Very well written. It was a total mockery of justice, Byrne said on NBC's "Meet the Press." You love the characters and want them to succeed! I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's just that they call it quits."