Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to Brooklyn, New York as a child. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard and completed an MFA in fiction at Columbia University. After working as an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the Netherlands, Jean now writes full-time. This is her first novel.
Warm, affecting, a compelling pleasure. Manages that rare fictional feat of shifting forever the angle from which you look at the world * Daily Mail * A sensitively handled rites-of-passage account . . . has the unmistakable ring of authenticity * Metro * Amazing, an incredibly honest and powerful story, written with unflinching directness * Easy Living * Astonishing * Vogue * Dazzling * Marie Claire * A classic and moving immigration story * Red * Captivating * She * Superbly written and observed * Woman and Home *