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Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
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Jul 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

This book is a harsh yet beautiful chronicle of Kimberly Chang and her mother's experience as new immigrants to the United States. They arrived in the US speaking very little English and at the mercy of her mother's sister who quickly puts them to work in her Chinatown sweatshop and has them living in squalor in a condemned apartment building.

Kimberly and her mother persevere against all the odds as they slowly carve out an existence for themselves and Kimberly is forced to grow up and take on adult responsibilities way beyound her young years. The story shows insight into a world that few care to talk about and it is shocking to think that there are still those who live in these conditions today. Kimberly's voice shines through as she tells the struggles of looking different, being poor, living through New York winters without heat and finding friends...through hard work and many obstacles, some even of her own making, Kimberly finally does find her way in this "land of plenty"and realizes her dream.

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