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Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
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Mar 01, 2011

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If I could give it 3 1/2 that is what I'd rate this debut novel about immigrant Kimberly Chang and her mother and their early years in a squalid Brookyn apartmen described by Kimberly as "That ws Ma and me: two squeamish Buddhists in the apratment from hell". They are forced, due to debts owed to Aunt Paula, to do illegal piece work in a Chinatown sweatshop. The author did a great job of channelling a young girl and her description of cooties and the craze of autograph books had me me laughing outloud.

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