by Jenny Zhang
Published: August 2017
A collection of stories exploring experiences of Chinese immigrants now scattered throughout the boroughs of New York. Each short stars a young girl struggling to stay afloat – dealing with assimilation, poverty, and coming of age in the City. The stories are so raw and fully-developed, it feels like we’re getting tiny glimpses’ into Zhang’s own childhood (though some may as well have been from mine).
5 out of 5 stars: I especially liked the bits that dug deep into the dynamics of close-knit families — how even inseparable siblings inevitably grow apart, how we must savor our grandparents’ tales of the past even when they feel so disconnected from our own reality, and how our relationship with our parents ebbs and flows as we age.