Girl in Translation

Girl in Translation

by Jean Kwok

Dale Israel: Girl in Translation (not to be confused with the movie Lost in Translation) is a coming of age, immigrant story. Kimberly Chang is only 11 years old when she leaves Hong Kong with her widowed mother to find a better life in NYC. Unfortunately, America isn't all it's cracked up to be. Kimberly and her mother live in absolute squalor and must do backbreaking work in a sweatshop just to survive. This debut novel is not a memoir although reading about the author's life on her website www.jeankwok.com demonstrates that there are a lot of similarities. This was an easy and quick read that gave me insight into what it's like to leave one's home and move to a place where the language and customs are different. I enjoyed this book and I'm glad I read it.
Rating: ****

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