This novel opens a window to customs, family's values and the struggles many immigrants face coming to American. Extraordinary commitment to the family and focus on long term success while day to day suffering is so difficult to even listen to.
I enjoyed Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. It explored the story of the emigration of a young girl and her mother from Hong Kong to New York. The poverty and struggles could have been those of many immigrants from many countries. The strong female protagonist is a superhero and accomplishes much under very dire circumstances. Although the story was dark at times, it would be a good read for teens, especially girls. I listened to the Audible version and found it to be a good listen.
I thought the audio added a lot because of the accent. Reader did a great job.
I love books that can put you into a life experience that you would never otherwise understand and this book doesn't disappoint. If you ever wondered what it might be like to immigrate to Amer. from another country (China) where you don't speak the language and have nothing but hope to live on, this book is for you.
It's a great read, so I think it's a top pick!
Spend your monthly credit on it, you will enjoy!
I believe Grayce Wey's narration probably pushed my rating up a star. She was a fantastic choice for this story, lending authenticity and weight. My husband, who would have never picked up the book, became engrossed in the story because he found Wey and the character, Kimberly, to be believable. Kudos to Kwok and Wey.
I loved this story! It was so full of heart and interesting characters. You always hear and read about the terrible conditions for immigrants in NYC, but I never realized that the abuse sometimes came at the hands of their own kind. I postponed buying this book once before because I thought the voice and accents of the narrator was too irritating. I have been around Chinese people often, and this accent sounded more like s speech impediment. When I finally got the audiobook after all and heArd the supposed Brooklyn accents I realized it really was s speech impediment. Why choose that voice unless the story is about people with speaking problems?
Great story that was so honest it has to be part memoir, and indeed when I looked up Kwok's website, it does closely mirror that of her own. It does come off a bit trite at times, but I appreciated the peek into a life that many of us might never understand. Fascinating. The narrator was ok, a little weak at times, and I do think parts of the story are improved with a Chinese immigrant accent.
This could just as easily have been the story of my own childhood but without her smarts and the luck.
It's a nice read and an accurate reminder to those of us who are the first generation of Chinese immigrants. The same racist, poverty of being paid and treated unjustly by people who KNEW the could take advantage if you and there is nothing to be done about it.
This barely scratched the surface of immigrant families who go through in their
This narrative is told with a simple perfection that only the literary masters of yesteryear could pull off. You will find yourself uttering that old cliche: "I laughed! I cried!" and it will be true. The cultural immersion was complete yet didn't feel over evocative or smug - because the story was woven so tightly every piece of this world felt organic and novel at the same time. The warmth, wisdom, humanity and bravery that is this wonderful book will have you reflecting on it long after the last word is spoken.