Book ‘Beautiful Country’ by Qian Julie Wang

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world — an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent. In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive. In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English…

Publisher: Doubleday (September 7, 2021); Pages: 308 pages; ISBN-10: 0385547218; ISBN-13: 978-0385547215; ASIN:‎ B08R5FHKHM

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Author’s biography: QIAN JULIE WANG is a graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College. She is managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, an educational civil rights law firm, and her writing has appeared in major publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.