Friday, August 19th, 2011...10:00 am

Fiction Fridays: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

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“I was sixteen and I had the confidence then of a teenager who’d had to act like an adult for too long.” Girl In Translation (Jean Kwok, p. 290)

In this debut novel, Kimberly Chang and her mother immigrate to New York City from Hong Kong knowing very little English but owing lots of money. To alleviate their horrible living and working conditions Kimberly realizes it is up to her to change her circumstances using her one talent:  “a knack for school.”  She becomes gifted scholar by day and sweatshop worker by evening and night.

This novel will resonate with anyone who lives two lives—parent and scholar, employee and student–or anyone who knows that education is the path to success.

Try Girl in Translation for yourself, available at the JTCC library.

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