TRANSLATION Picking Up Steam

Holds are growing for Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation.

Kwok, who immigrated as a child from China in the 1980’s, turns her own experience into fiction in this debut. USA Today comments on the book’s narrative style,

Writing in first-person from Kim’s point of view, Kwok cleverly employs phonetic spellings to illustrate her protagonist’s growing understanding of English and wide-eyed view of American teen culture.

People (5/17) gives it a 3.5 of a possible 4 stars and Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+, calling it “consistently compelling.”

In the following video, Kwok talks about the shock of coming from a middle-class life in China to the U.S. where she worked in a sweat shop and lived in an unheated apartment.

The author will appear at the ALTAFF First Author, First Book program at ALA in June.


Girl in Translation
Jean Kwok
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover – (2010-04-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1594487561 / 9781594487569

Penguin Audio; UNABR; 9780142427996; $25.95
Books on Tape; UNABR; 9780307736185; $39.95
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