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    DescriptionFrom the bestselling author of "Girl in Translation," a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York's Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie's entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works--miserably--as a dishwasher. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie's natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed--something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds--Eastern and Western, old world and new--to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.


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    Title
    Mambo in Chinatown
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Kwok
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594632006
    ISBN 10: 1594632006
    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
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000, FIC044000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E6
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    B&T Approval Code: A26905000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    DC23: 813.6
    BISAC V2.8: FIC054000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS3611.W65 M37 2014
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Hudson Street Press (an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
    Publication date
    24 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jean Kwok is the author of "Girl in Translation." She was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. Between graduating from Harvard and attending the Columbia MFA program, she worked as a professional ballroom dancer.
    Review quote
    "A charming fable."--"USA Today" "A riveting story . . . [one of] the season's hottest page-turners."--"Real Simple" "Western convention clashes with traditional Eastern culture when a young, impoverished Chinese-American woman dips her toe into the glittering world of professional ballroom dancing--and finds love."--"Woman's Day" "In her winning second novel (after Girl in Translation, 2010), Kwok infuses her heartwarming story with both the sensuality of dance and the optimism of a young woman coming into her own."--"Booklist" "Charlie's Cinderella story, not to mention Charlie herself, is charming."--"Kirkus"