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Tiger Girl

By May-Lee Chai

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Format: Paperback, 229 pages
Published In: United States, 07 October 2013
Nea Chhim, the spirited heroine of "Dragon Chica," struggles with college. Nightmares of war flood the waking memories of this 19-year-old survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields. Nea decides she must confront the past to overcome her fear and begin her own life in America. Without telling Ma, she hops on a cross-country bus in Nebraska to see her biological father in Southern California. There Nea comes face to face with a man wounded by survivor's guilt who refuses to acknowledge the family's secrets. Nea determines to revive his struggling donut shop and help him recover. Her tireless efforts attract a mysterious young man's attention--is he casing the place for a gang? It is up to Nea to find out the truth: about her family, the war that nearly destroyed them, and herself. "Tiger Girl" weaves together Cambodian folklore and its painful past with contemporary American life to create an unforgettable novel about love, war, and acceptance.

About the Author

May-lee Chai is the author of seven books, including Dragon Chica and The Girl from Purple Mountain, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2006 NEA Grant in Literature and has an M.A. from Yale in East Asian Studies and an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. A former reporter for the Associated Press, she is a frequent contributor to the Jakarta Post Weekender Magazine. May-lee has appeared on C-Span's Book-TV, Rick Steves' national radio show, and many other media outlets to talk about Asia.

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"Like many of her characters, May-lee Chai is a masterful storyteller with a poignant and gripping tale to tell. I couldn't put TIGER GIRL down: I wanted to know what was going to happen next of course, but I also wanted to learn more about the past, to understand the painful and astonishing paths that led these people to find one another. Her book travels far and wide, but in the end it's about families--not just the ones we're born into but also the ones we make for ourselves. It's enthralling and moving and fascinating and absolutely wonderful." --Claire LaZebnik, bestselling author of "If You Lived Here, You've Be Home Now" and "Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts" ""An original storyteller writing a book about the need for a young woman's love, her cross-country journey that is also an inner journey, and her surviving, with others, a life they weren't meant to survive. This is their story. I couldn't stop reading. This is a writer to follow on her own journey of words."" - Linda Hogan, The Book of Medicines and Indios ""Like many of her characters, May-lee Chai is a masterful storyteller with a poignant and gripping tale to tell. I couldn't put TIGER GIRL down: I wanted to know what was going to happen next of course, but I also wanted to learn more about the past, to understand the painful and astonishing paths that led these people to find one another. Her book travels far and wide, but in the end it's about families--not just the ones we're born into but also the ones we make for ourselves. It's enthralling and moving and fascinating and absolutely wonderful."" - Claire LaZebnik, bestselling author of If You Lived Here, You've Be Home Now and Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts "An original storyteller writing a book about the need for a young woman's love, her cross-country journey that is also an inner journey, and her surviving, with others, a life they weren't meant to survive. This is their story. I couldn't stop reading. This is a writer to follow on her own journey of words." - Linda Hogan, "The Book of Medicines "and "Indios" "Like many of her characters, May-lee Chai is a masterful storyteller with a poignant and gripping tale to tell. I couldn't put TIGER GIRL down: I wanted to know what was going to happen next of course, but I also wanted to learn more about the past, to understand the painful and astonishing paths that led these people to find one another. Her book travels far and wide, but in the end it's about families--not just the ones we're born into but also the ones we make for ourselves. It's enthralling and moving and fascinating and absolutely wonderful." - Claire LaZebnik, bestselling author of "If You Lived Here, You've Be Home Now" and "Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts"

EAN: 9781936846450
ISBN: 1936846454
Publisher: GemmaMedia
Dimensions: 20.24 x 13 x 1.45 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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