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New Meetup: South Shore Readers: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

From: Shirley
Sent on: Sunday, December 12, 2010 12:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for 20ish & 30ish Boston Book Club!

What: South Shore Readers: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

When: Wednesday, January 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Let's get together in the new year on the South Shore with a good read. I thought I'd pick an interesting-looking book the Boston meetup had previously selected, Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.

Please leave a comment saying which you'd prefer to meet at:
1) Borders ~ 255 Grossman Drive ~ Braintree
2) Shabu restaurant ~ 397 Hancock St. ~ North Quincy
Both are a convenient walk from Red Line T stations

You may also want to bring along suggestions for upcoming book selections!

Publishers Weekly Summary:
A resolute yet na?ve Chinese girl confronts poverty and culture shock with equal zeal when she and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn in Kwok's affecting coming-of-age debut. Ah-Kim Chang, or Kimberly as she is known in the U.S., had been a promising student in Hong Kong when her father died. Now she and her mother are indebted to Kimberly's Aunt Paula, who funded their trip from Hong Kong, so they dutifully work for her in a Chinatown clothing factory where they earn barely enough to keep them alive. Despite this, and living in a condemned apartment that is without heat and full of roaches, Kimberly excels at school, perfects her English, and is eventually admitted to an elite, private high school. An obvious outsider, without money for new clothes or undergarments, she deals with added social pressures, only to be comforted by an understanding best friend, Annette, who lends her makeup and hands out American advice. A love interest at the factory leads to a surprising plot line, but it is the portrayal of Kimberly's relationship with her mother that makes this more than just another immigrant story.

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