From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American familyas ties to The Little House on the Prairie Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues sheas evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their motheras Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expectedaa trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangersa lives as well as her own. A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is expected to bring homeaeven as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.... I stared out the windows at the electric wires leading us deeper into the big Midwest that was the only landscape we knew. I decided to ... My mother gripped the steering wheel; my grandfather searched the radio for weather and news.
|Author||:||Bich Minh Nguyen|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 2014-02-06|