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A river of stars : a novel

by Hua, Vanessa,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 16 Libraries 16 of 20 copies
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Summary
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * In a powerful debut about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman stakes a claim to the American dream in California.

"Utterly absorbing."--Celeste Ng * "A marvel of a first novel."-- O: The Oprah Magazine * "The most eye-opening literary adventure of the year."-- Entertainment Weekly

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post * NPR * Real Simple

Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the married owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. To ensure that his child--his first son--has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. As Scarlett awaits the baby's arrival, she spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited, pregnant teenager who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.

Then a new sonogram of Scarlett's baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she goes on the run by hijacking a van--only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. The two flee to San Francisco's bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn't know is that her baby's father is not far behind her.

A River of Stars is a vivid examination of home and belonging and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her own future.

Praise for A River of Stars

"Vanessa Hua's story spins with wild fervor, with charming protagonists fiercely motivated by maternal and survival instincts." -- USA Today

" A River of Stars is the best of all worlds: part buddy cop adventure, part coming-of-age story and part ode to female friendship." --NPR

"Hua's epic A River of Stars follows a pair of pregnant Chinese immigrant women--two of the more vibrant characters I've come across in a while--on the lam from Los Angeles to San Francisco's Chinatown." --R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries , in Esquire

"A delightful novel of motherhood and Chinese immigration . . . Without wading into policy debates, Ms Hua dramatises the stories and contributions of immigrants who believe in grand ideals and strive to live up to them." -- The Economist
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Perfume Bay, a luxurious oasis just outside Los Angeles, pregnant Chinese women are pampered through the U.S. birth of precious progeny who will provide their parents with a foothold in America. Among the guests is factory-manager Scarlett Chen, sent to the U.S. to bear the son of her older, married lover, who's also her employer. As their long-distance relationship stagnates, Scarlett can't risk losing her unborn child to Boss Yeung. She manages to commandeer the residence's van for a late-night escape, then discovers a stowaway: Perfume Bay's youngest and most rebellious resident, Daisy, who still believes she can find her missing boyfriend. The unlikely pair flee to San Francisco's Chinatown, where accepting the kindness of strangers, clever bartering, peddling the Chinese slider, and catering a gay wedding keep them afloat until the inevitable confrontation converges at City Hall. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Hua follows her intriguing short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities (2016), with an astute debut novel that confronts identity, privilege, freedom, and a twenty-first-century rendering of the American dream with poignancy, insight, humor, and plenty of savvy charm.--Terry Hong Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her skillful debut novel, Hua (Deceit and Other Possibilities: Stories), a San Francisco Chronicle columnist, introduces a strong heroine: fiercely independent Scarlett Chen. Scarlett, a factory clerk, fought her way to prosperity from the poverty of her native Chinese village and the clutches of her controlling mother. But when an affair with her married boss results in a pregnancy-and the ultrasound reveals the son he's always longed for-Boss Yeung sends Scarlett to Los Angeles to be cared for in a secret maternity home. Run by another clever woman, Mama Fang, the home caters to wealthy Chinese couples hoping to secure U.S. citizenship for their soon-to-be born children. It's there that Boss Yeung's true intentions (and his own considerable self-interest) are revealed. When Scarlett learns that the ultrasound was incorrect and she's in fact carrying a girl, she knows she must leave the home to save herself. Along with another young pregnant woman, she breaks free to scratch out an existence on the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown-a setup that is heartbreaking and, at turns, hilarious, as the two must remain undetected while they make their way across California. Hua wonderfully evokes the exigencies of lives at the margins of American culture by revealing Scarlett's enduring ingenuity as she navigates near-destitute single motherhood. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Chinese -- United States -- Fiction.
Women immigrants -- United States -- Fiction.
Pregnant women -- Fiction.
Unmarried mothers -- Fiction.
Maternity homes -- Fiction.
Parenthood -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 292 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-292).
ISBN 9780399178788
0399178783
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