Each year a number of books that explore social issues are nominated for One Read. Jean Kwok’s “Girl in Translation” is one such novel. Main character Kimberly Chang emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn and begins a secret double life as an exceptional schoolgirl during the day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by her first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty.
Our nominator writes, “[This book] clearly demonstrates the misunderstandings possible (often inevitable) between cultures and classes. Wonderful!”
See some of the other titles that have been nominated for One Read 2016.