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Girl in Translation

Girl in Translation

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Kimberly Chang and her mother move from Hong Kong to New York. A new life awaits them ? making a new home in a new country. But all they can afford is a verminous, broken-windowed Brooklyn apartment. The only heating is an unreliable oven. They are deep in debt. And neither speaks one word of English. Yet there is hope. Eleven-year-old Kim goes to school. And though cut off by an alien language and culture ? and forced by poverty to work nights in a sweatshop ? she finds the classroom challenges liberating. In books and learning she?ll be saved. But can Kim successfully turn the lost girl from Hong Kong into a happy American woman? And should she? Jean Kwok?s powerful and moving tale of hardship and triumph, of heartbreak and love, speaks of all that gets lost in translation.
Warm, affecting, a compelling pleasure. Manages that rare fictional feat of shifting forever the angle from which you look at the world