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Jean Kwok

Nästan hemma

Författare: Jean Kwok
Översättare: Gabriella Andersson
Originaltitel: Girl in translation
Genre: Utländsk skönlitteratur
ISBN: 9789170283055
Recensionsdatum: 2011-10-21
Bindning: Pocket

Jean Kwoks debutroman Nästan hemma är en uttalad Oprahfavorit och har nominerats till en rad litterära priser, såsom Good Read Choice Award 2010 och New Voices Award. När Kimberly Chang och hennes mor emigrerar från Hongkong till slummen i Brooklyn, inleder hon snart ett dubbelliv: lysande mönsterelev på dagen och sin mors hjälpande hand i textilfabriken i Chinatown på kvällen. Hon gör sitt yttersta för att dölja den svåra sanningen om sin tillvaro – den ofattbara fattigdomen hon lever i, familjens framtid som vilar på hennes axlar och den hemliga förälskelsen i en av killarna på fabriken, som dock varken delar hennes begåvning eller ambition. Kimberly befinner sig mitt emellan två världar och måste lära sig att balansera de olika roller som krävs av henne. Kwok, som själv emigrerade från Hongkong som barn, berättar en historia om att växa upp mitt emellan två kulturer, omgiven av ett språk och en kultur som man bara delvis förstår. Nästan hemma är en rörande och humoristisk roman om prövningar och triumfer, hjärtesorg och kärlek – och om allt som kan gå förlorat i översättning. ”Dels äventyr, dels självbiografi ... gripande.” – O, Oprah Magazine

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