Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
I swapped my book with someone on a group tour I was on for this book. It is not the sort of book I would normally choose to read but I really enjoyed it.
The novel follows the story of Kimberley Chang and her mother when they emigrates from Hong Kong to America. They are put to work in a sweatshop factory that is owned by the mothers sister. I can not comprehend how another human can work people so hard for little remuneration never mind an actual relative.
The book is easy going which I found great as I was reading it when travelling and I couldn’t put it down as I wanted to keep reading to find our how Kimberley and her mother got away from the evil sister.
Luckily Kimberley is very intelligent so her way out is to get a scholarship for a prestigious school.
The author of the book also immigrated to Brooklyn and worked with her family in a sweatshop so it really brings this novel to live as I am sure some of it is based on her own experiences.
I haven’t read any other books by Jean Kwok but I will definitely keep an eye out for more novels by this author.
Have you read a good book send me the recommendation and I will add it to my list of books to take on my travels.