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Jean Kwok

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Jean Kwok is the New York Times and international bestselling, award-winning 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. An instant New York Times bestseller, SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE was selected by Jenna Bush Hager for the Today Show Book Club, Emma Roberts for the Belletrist Book Club, Oprah Winfrey for her summer reading list and called “this summer’s book club sensation” by Entertainment Weekly. Jean has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, and the Sunday Times EFG Shor ...more

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Jean Kwok and 125 other people liked a Goodreads News & Interviews post: Goodreads Employees Recommend Their Favorite Mysteries
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I'm so thankful for your interest in SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, which was an instant NYT bestseller and chosen as The Today Show Book Club Pick! Check out the recent NYT article (http://tiny.cc/dh926y), plus there's an excerpt (http://tiny.cc/JeanKwok ...more
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"Love books with cultural immersion mixed in with a mystery."
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""In love and in life, we never know when we are telling ourselves stories. We are the ultimate unreliable narrators."

This was the first book I completed off my summer reading list and what a way to kick things off! "Searching for Sylvie Lee" is a sus" Read more of this review »
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"I received an ARC of Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok from Goodreads Giveaways.
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Sylvie's parents area too poor to care for her. Sylvie is sent to liv" Read more of this review »
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“What a relationship looks like on the outside isn't the same as what it's like on the inside. You can be more in love with someone in your mind than with the person you see every day.”
Jean Kwok, Girl in Translation

“Sometimes our fate is different from the one we imagined for ourselves.”
Jean Kwok, Girl in Translation
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“Nobody can change who you are, except for you.”
Jean Kwok, Girl in Translation

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Kenyatta Kelechi Hi Jean, thank you for the friendship on Goodreads. I look forward to reading your books.

All the best!


message 4: by Mysti

Mysti Jean wrote: "Mysti wrote: "Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!"

Mysti, do you have a link or any other info so I can try to find..."


I sent you a link through a message.


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Jean Kwok Mysti wrote: "Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!"

Mysti, do you have a link or any other info so I can try to find this commercial? Is it for the Ipad? Where did you see it? Thanks!


message 2: by Jean

Jean Kwok Mysti wrote: "Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!"

Mysti, I didn't know that! Thanks so much for telling me, very exciting! Best, Jean


message 1: by Mysti

Mysti Saw an Apple commercial about their e-reader and noticed your book was part of the collection. How exciting for you!


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