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Hunger by Lan Samantha Chang
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Jan 19, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

Chang's writing is comfortable and easy, like sitting down with a relative for a long chat, in this case a long chat about what it was like to grow up in New York as an immigrant. The unsuccessful struggle of Min's husband Tian to fight against unspoken racism to become more than a waiter. The struggle for Min to want her daughters to succeed in this English-speaking world without losing her own ability to understand them. The struggle of finding a way to call anyplace "home." I savored every page....until I got to the last third of the book. It took me several chapters to realize that the novella had already ended and I was now in the head of a different immigrant (five short stories are tacked onto the end of the novella.) A bit disconcerting, especially as I hated to leave Min's story behind.

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