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The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
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Jan 11, 2010

really liked it

This, again, was maybe a little closer to 3.5. The writing was a little scattered, but the story was very strong. I read it for a book club, and hadn't heard of it before. What made it even more interesting to me is that the story took place in my immediate neighborhood of St. Paul (after the family made it to the United States, that is). Yang mentioned a house her family lived in within a few blocks of my house, and described a supernatural experience there ... it creeped me out, and I had to look up the address to be sure it wasn't on my block. But beyond that, there was a lot I didn't know about the Hmong immigrants' experiences here in St. Paul (and of course, Yang wrote about being in refugee camps, too, and I didn't know anything about that). It was really interesting to get an idea of the history that a lot of my neighbors have, which is so hard for me to imagine. I'd recommend reading it.

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