Friday, February 14, 2014

The Friday 56: Week 165

Welcome to Week 165!

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky at Freda's Voice. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

I am so excited about Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen. This is a very unique story that involves a tie in with Laura Ingalls Wilder. Here's the official synopsis:

Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother’s 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 expected—a 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 strangers’ 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 home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.

From page 56: I often wondered how my mother, with that proud lift of her chin, had been able to stand it. But she was pragmatic: If the money was good and the money was steady, what else mattered?


Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I would never have expected a connection between Laura Ingalls Wilder and a second-generation Vietnamese PhD! I'm intrigued.
Here's the link to my Friday post: STRONGER THAN THE REST.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sandra. That's definitely what made it appeal to me--that and my LIW fixation.

Anne Bennett said...

When was this book published? By the cover I'd say 1940s but the synopsis doesn't confirm this. Book cover choices are sometimes odd. Anne's Friday Post

Cheryl said...

Thanks for your interest in this book, Anne. It's actually a new title that just released a few days ago. I believe the selection of the cover might be because of the Laura Ingalls Wilder tie-in. The Little House books were published between 1932 and 1943 with the exception of The First Four Years, which was published after Rose Wilder Lane's death. Actually, the original manuscript by Laura Ingalls Wilder was called Pioneer Girl. It told the story of Laura's childhood until when she married Almanzo. Rejected by editors, it was reworked and became the Little House books that we know today.

fredamans said...

Sounds like reasonable thinking to me, especially for that era.
Looks like an interesting book.

Happy weekend & happy Valentines day!

Art @ Home said...

Wow, this looks like a compelling book. Fantastic Friday 56….I want to keep reading!

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