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Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops: A Memoir

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Nineteen-year-old Taiwanese Mormon girl, ALLISON HONG, meets twenty-year-old rebellious American Mormon missionary, CAMERON CHASTAIN, in Taipei and elopes with him to his hometown in Texas when she is twenty-two.

Sixteen months into their marriage, one day Allison goes home to their apartment and discovers that during her two-hour absence Cameron has moved everything out,
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Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: September 21st 2021 by She Writes Press
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Heather
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is a beautiful memoir that will bring you to tears and make you laugh in the same few pages. Allison Hong Merrill’s experiences growing up in Taiwan are both heart-wrenching and inspirational, as she rises from the ashes of a neglected and abused childhood, to arriving in America as a young, engaged woman, only to face harsh disappointments and broken dreams. Interwoven into the compelling scenes is Allison’s resilience that burns deep in her soul, propelling her forward a ...more
Camilla
I'm both honored and privileged to walk the writing path with my courageous spiritual warrior and writer friend, Allison Hong Merrill. As such, I offer this advance praise:

“Allison Hong Merrill has a gift for writing a dramatic tale while simultaneously sharing her hard-won wisdom. Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops reads like a novel. Merrill’s story not only gives a reader a greater understanding of Chinese culture, language, and traditions, but it also provides insight into the human condition while bui
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Tiny Potager
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A self-deprecating memoir, beautifully depicting the intricacies of Chinese culture and the timeless search for where one truly belongs.*

The memoir starts at a point of abandonment; the author returns home to find the flat she shares with her Texan husband of sixteen months inexplicably empty and the light switches not working. A Taiwanese immigrant with little spoken English and her bank account drained, Allison then has to negotiate her way through coping in an unfamiliar country, alone. Our a
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Murphmarsh
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is a deeply moving memoir that depicts the story of a Taiwanese immigrant bride abandoned in Texas, and how she triumphs over tremendous odds to build her American dream. Allison Hong Merrill’s gift of storytelling will take you on an exciting, rewarding, and emotional journey and leave you wanting more.
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