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Jean Kwok

Autore di Girl in Translation

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Jean Kwok has a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She taught at the University of Leiden and is an alumnus of the Amsterdam Writing Workshops. Jean's debut novel is entitled Girl in Translation. This 2010 novel has already mostra altro been sold in eight countries. It made the IBooks Best Seller List in 2017. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno

Comprende i nomi: Jean Kwok, Jean Fong Kwok

Fonte dell'immagine: Jean Kwok, photo by Sigrid Estrada.

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Story, Vol. 46, No. 1 [Magazine, Winter 1998] (1998) — Collaboratore — 4 copie


Informazioni generali

Nome canonico
Kwok, Jean
Altri nomi
Kwok, Jean Fong
Data di nascita
China (birth)
Luogo di nascita
Hong Kong
Luogo di residenza
Hong Kong
New York, New York, USA
Harvard University
Columbia University (MFA)
Attività lavorative
Ballroom Dancer
English Teacher
Translator (Dutch to English)
Premi e riconoscimenti
American Library Association Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 2014
American Library Association Alex Award, 2011
Indie Next Pick, 2010
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, 2010
Suzanne Gluck
Breve biografia
Like her protagonist in Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong. Along with her family, she immigrated to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. After entering public elementary school unable to speak a word of English, she was later admitted to Hunter College High School, one of New York City’s most competitive public high schools. She won early admission to Harvard, where she worked as many as four jobs at a time, and graduated with honors in English and American literature, before going on to earn an MFA in fiction at Columbia. Kwok has worked as an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and has been a professional ballroom dancer, a reader for the blind, a housekeeper, a dishwasher, and a computer graphics specialist for a major financial institution. Her work has been published in Story magazine, Prairie Schooner, Elements of Literature: Third Course and The NuyorAsian Anthology.



I read this in a couple of happy afternoons. It was a riveting story, and one that helped me think differently about immigrants, and the ability to work hard for what you want. Jean Kwok has a great ability to bring characters to life.
pianistpalm91 | 175 altre recensioni | Apr 7, 2024 |
It was like watching a car accident and you just hope everyone survives with as few injuries as possible. Riveting narratives that intertwine and cross as the two strong females untangle the story and reveal truths and half truths and the underlying love. Even when you stop reading, the story keeps you thinking about women's roles, societal and family expectations, Asian and Asian American culture, government policies, immigrants, money and power, and racism and sexism. This story covered so much and the nuances in the storytelling draws on your emotions up to the very last words.… (altro)
huyen | 9 altre recensioni | Mar 29, 2024 |
Fascinating picture of a life that seems impossible to believe but is probably uncomfortably true.

Kimberly and Matt are both a little too perfect for my taste.

It's an OK book but I wouldn't go out of my way to suggest it to others.
hmonkeyreads | 175 altre recensioni | Jan 25, 2024 |
I would like to express my gratitude to NetGalley and William Morrow publishing for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a captivating and emotionally charged narrative that held my attention for a few days, leaving me with a need to collect my thoughts. Apologies for the slight delay in sharing my reflections. 'The Leftover Woman’ follows the journey of Jasmine, a young Chinese woman who escapes to America to find her daughter, given up for adoption by her authoritarian husband to an American couple in New York. Facing the constraints of China's one-child policy, Jasmine's husband's actions are driven by his desire for a son to carry on his family name. The story unfolds through the dual perspectives of Jasmine and Rebecca, the American woman who adopted Jasmine's daughter.

The narrative subtly delves into the complexities of cross-racial adoption, skillfully highlighting the social and personal challenges associated with such arrangements.

Once I delved into the book, it gripped me, although it didn't precisely fit into the thriller or mystery genre due to its somewhat predictable plot and lack of intense suspense. Rather, it unfolds as a slow-burning tale with a strong focus on character development, falling more under the category of literary fiction with elements of suspense.

While the overall writing was compelling, I found some of the dialogues, particularly those between Rebecca and her husband, to be a bit awkward and forced. However, this minor issue didn't significantly diminish my overall reading experience. The book remains a commendable effort by the author, delivering a poignant and impactful narrative. Notably, the conclusion was exceptionally satisfying, eliciting a response akin to an enthusiastic round of applause from me.
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b00kdarling87 | 9 altre recensioni | Jan 7, 2024 |


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