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FemdogloversWWBookclub “A River of Stars” by Vanessa Hua & U Dog
October 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Female booklovers (no prejuduce to our fab male blovers as wingwomen’s an all female group) are invited to join my wingwomen(WW) bookclub. We’re having another fun & fascinating WW bookclub on Wed. October 19 at 7pm. We’ll meet to discuss the critically acclaimed (NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post,NPR, & more) , fascinating, compelling, funny, riveting, affecting, captivating page turning debut novel “A River of Stars” by Vanessa Hua.
In a powerful debut about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman stakes a claim to the American dream in California. 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.
We’ll discuss this book&have a fabulous time,be stimulated,enjoy wonderful company,friendship& bond-all in one evening!Hope to see you on October 19 & also if we’re all fortunate at our other bookclub meetings.
“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
“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
“A marvel of a first novel.” O: The Oprah Magazine
“The most eye-opening literary adventure of the year.
Dream.” Entertainment Weekly
“Vanessa Hua’s page-turner is a powerful look at immigration and identity.” Us Weekly
“Hua’s first novel bristles with timely detail and unexpected pivots, as two desperate women find family and community to support their struggle for freedom.” BBC (“The 10 Smartest Beach Reads of 2018”)
“A vibrant, fascinating look into womanhood and how so many women’s lives are shaped by their relationship to the powerful men within them . . . Hua infuses this story with spirit and humor, exploring the ways in which pregnancy and motherhood can be both liberating and entrapping for the women who endure them. It’s a remarkable novel, one which makes clear the many ways in which women must struggle to make their lives their own.” Nylon
“[A] stellar debut novel.” Bustle
“A twenty-first-century immigrant story about the terror, drama, and desperation of being undocumented and yet unable to leave.”The Village Voice