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Jean Kwok

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Jean Kwok is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the award-winning novels Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in 17 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She has been selected for many honors including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers. Jean’s writing has been featured in Time, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, People, Real Simple and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.

Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing
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Average rating: 3.94 · 36,787 ratings · 4,897 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Girl in Translation

3.95 avg rating — 34,386 ratings — published 2010 — 42 editions
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This is my experience of waiting to hear about being shortlisted for a major writing prize, the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the world's largest short fiction award. I was thrilled that my short story, "Where the Gods Fly" had made the longlist for a number of reasons: 1) I'd had so [...]
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May 2010, Jean Kwok
"I started [working in the sweatshop] when I was only five, and I remember the suffocating blanket of dust that constantly descended upon my arms and face...I used to draw stick figures in the dust when I had the time. " ...More

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"A stunning debut novel.
This raw & true-to-life behind-the-satin and ribbons story will shock you as much as the beauty and grace that mesmerizes you.
This debut story is brilliantly crafted & simply exquisite; Wilson describes Mira's cult..." Read more of this review »
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Powerful. Gripping. Incandescent. These are only a few of the words circling my mind after reading GIRL THROUGH GLASS. This beautifully written novel drew me into the rarified world of dance, filled with passion, glory and heartbreak. As powerful sto ...more
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"This is a great story about the experience of a first generation American with hidden talent. She breaks the stereotypes you see in media usually about Asian women. It's an easy read and I don't mean for that to sound insulting. I genuinely cared..." 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.”
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“Sometimes our fate is different from the one we imagined for ourselves.”
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“Nobody can change who you are, except for you.”
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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!


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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, 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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