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Jean Kwok

Author of Girl in Translation

Includes the names: Jean Kwok, Jean Fong Kwok

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Jean Kwok has a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She taught at the University of Leiden and is an alumnus of the Amsterdam Writing Workshops. Jean's debut novel is entitled Girl in Translation. This 2010 novel has already been sold in eight countries. It made the IBooks Best Seller List in 2017. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Girl in Translation… (more)
Girl in Translation 2,127 copies, 170 reviews
Searching for Sylvie Lee 687 copies, 54 reviews
Mambo in Chinatown 311 copies, 42 reviews
The Leftover Woman: A Novel 32 copies, 2 reviews
Marple: Twelve New Stories (Contributor) 371 copies, 21 reviews
What the World Is Reading (Contributor) 20 copies, 1 review
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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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