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 ...?ithout 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
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by Yu Hua
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"Jennifer Lim's upbeat narration offers a fascinating look at the immigrant experience. In China, Scarlett Chen is the pregnant mistress of Boss Yeung, who is married. Boss has three daughters, and Scarlett is carrying a son, so he sends her to the U.S., to an establishment for pregnant Chinese women who want their children to be born American citizens. Lim's voice runs the gamut from shrill and high-pitched to low and tender while portraying the variety of personalities and classes among the women. Scarlett learns that Boss wants her to give up the baby, so she and her friend Daisy escape and take to the mean streets of San Francisco, with Boss hot on their heels. Lim's engaging narration almost makes up for Hua's contrived ending. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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