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In a true story of family ties, journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood, one of the first wave of Asian adoptees to arrive in America, comes face to face with her past when her Chinese birth family suddenly requests a reunion after more than two decades.

In 1974, a baby girl from Taiwan arrived in America, the newly adopted child of a loving couple in Michigan. Mei-Ling Hopgood had an all-American upbringing, never really identifying with her Asian roots or harboring a desire to uncover her ancestry. She believed that she was lucky to have escaped a life that was surely one of poverty and misery, to grow up comfortable with her doting parents and brothers.

Then, when she's in her twenties, her birth family comes calling. Not the rural peasants she expected, they are a boisterous, loving, bossy, complicated middle-class family who hound her daily--by phone, fax, and letter, in a language she doesn't understand--until she returns to Taiwan to meet them. As her sisters and parents pull her into their lives, claiming her as one of their own, the devastating secrets that still haunt this family begin to emerge. Spanning cultures and continents, Lucky Girl brings home a tale of joy and regret, hilarity, deep sadness, and great discovery as the author untangles the unlikely strands that formed her destiny.

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About the Author

Mei-Ling Hopgood is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, National Geographic Traveler, and the Miami Herald and has worked in the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her husband and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565126008
Author:
Hopgood, Mei-Ling
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
FAMILY and RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Adopted children
Subject:
Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
Family -- United States.
Subject:
Taiwan
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Families - United States
Subject:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Adoption & Fostering
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090428
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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