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Author of Girl in Translation

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Jun
27
Jean Kwok: Mambo in Chinatown
Left Bank Books, Friday, June 27 at 7pm
Maryville University Auditorium

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books present Jean Kwok, bestselling author of Girl in Translation, to sign and discuss Mambo in Chinatown, a novel about twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong, a young American-born Chinese woman torn between her family duties in New York's Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing. When Charlie, who lives in a tiny apartment with her widowed father and works, miserably, as a dishwasher, lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, everything she once took to be certain turns upside down.

Location: Street: Maryville University Auditorium Additional: 650 Maryville University Dr. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63141 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Like her protagonist in Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong. Along with her family, she immigrated to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. After entering public elementary school unable to speak a word of English, she was later admitted to Hunter College High School, one of New York City’s most competitive public high schools. She won early admission to Harvard, where she worked as many as four jobs at a time, and graduated with honors in English and American literature, before going on to earn an MFA in fiction at Columbia. Kwok has worked as an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and has been a professional ballroom dancer, a reader for the blind, a housekeeper, a dishwasher, and a computer graphics specialist for a major financial institution. Her work has been published in Story magazine, Prairie Schooner, Elements of Literature: Third Course and The NuyorAsian Anthology.
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