Book Talk at *Girl in Translation*, by Jean Kwok

In the early 1900s, my mother’s family made a journey from the south of Italy to New York City. They found work in the factories and homes in the tenements, and many of them never ventured much further after that. Most of the women – my great-aunts – went to work in the factories of the city’s garment district, where they spent their adult lives producing clothing.

Decades later, Kimberly Chang and her mother made a journey from Hong Kong to New York City, and before long, they were working in a clothing factory and living in a tenement. 

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok was one of two books I read during last month’s 24-Hour Readathon, and my review is posted today at the BlogHer Book Club. BlogHers will be discussing Girl in Translation all month; please stop by and see what we’ve said about this highly readable debut novel, which is now available in paperback.

Disclosure: BlogHer Book Club members were provided with copies of the new paperback edition of Girl in Translation by the publisher in order to facilitate their reviews. 

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