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    DescriptionIntroducing a fresh, exciting new voice, an inspiring debut about a Chinese immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures. When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles. Through Kimberly's story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about. Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, "Girl in Translation" is an unforgettable and classic American immigrant novel--a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.


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    Title
    Girl in Translation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Kwok
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594485152
    ISBN 10: 1594485151
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP034
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ADOLES
    DC22: 813/.6
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: FIC051000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET022
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/ASIAN
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E6
    B&T Approval Code: A26905000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC043000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.2.2.0.0
    LC classification: PS3611.W65 G57 2011
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Riverhead Books
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books
    Publication date
    03 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. Jean received her bachelor's degree from Harvard and completed an MFA in Fiction at Columbia. She worked as an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and now writes full-time. She has been published in "Story Magazine" and "Prairie Schooner."