Jean Kwok

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Entertainment Weekly loves the ", clean prose" in Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation

“Jean Kwok takes two well-trod literary conceits—coming of age and coming to America—and renders them surprisingly fresh in her fast-moving, clean-prosed immigrants' tale...How Kimberly fights through almost obscene marginalization to forge her own version of the American dream is consistently compelling.” (B+) more...
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Monday, May 03, 2010

Featured Author : Jean Kwok

Jean Kwok_credit (c) Sigrid Estrada 

Jean Kwok

About the Author
Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a child, where she worked with her family in a sweatshop. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and completed an MFA in Fiction at Columbia.

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The Seattle Times calls Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation "fresh, compelling."

“Kwok uses the potent combination of Chang's halting English and a sophisticated internal narration about her new life to tell Chang's story and illustrate the gap between perception of a new immigrant and the thoughtful girl who observes the kinds of lunches black kids have versus those of white kids at her public school....Kwok draws upon her own immigrant experience for the novel, and with rich detail about extreme poverty and hardship, she offers a fresh, compelling take on the American success story.” more...
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gothamist Talks to Jean Kwok, Author of Girl in Translation

Jean Kwok talks with Gothamist about how her real life experiences, including living in a roach- and rat-infested apartment and working in a Chinatown sweatshop, informed her debut novel, Girl in Translation. Read the full interview here.
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Girl in Translation, You Lost Me There among EW's “Books We Can't Wait to Read This Summer”

Entertainment Weekly has selected 18 summer books they're anxious to tote to the beach, and two Riverhead debut novels bookend their reading season: Jean Kwok's "fresh and new" Girl in Translation, out on May 3, and Rosecrans Baldwin's You Lost Me There, coming in August. Read their full list here.

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