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New York : Viking, 2014.
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296 pages ; 24 cm
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Discovering a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder, PhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author only to discover a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters.
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2013018403
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9780670025091 (hbk.)
0670025097 (hbk.)
9780670025091
0670025097
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843026009
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Discovering a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author only to discover a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters. - (Baker & Taylor)

Discovering a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder, PhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author only to discover a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters. - (Baker & Taylor)

From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The Little House on the Prairie

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.
- (Penguin Putnam)

From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties toThe Little House on the Prairie

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 Girlis 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. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by the name Beth) teaches literature and creative writing in San Francisco, where she
lives with her husband and their two children. Among her honors are a PEN/Jerard Fund Award and an American Book
Award. Her work has appeared in publications including the Found Magazine anthology and The New York Times.
- (Penguin Putnam)

Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by the name Beth) teaches literature and creative writing in San Francisco, where she
lives with her husband and their two children. Among her honors are a PEN/Jerard Fund Award and an American Book
Award. Her work has appeared in publications including the Found Magazine anthology andThe New York Times. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Vietnam and Little House in the Prairie combine in this latest from PEN/Jerard Fund Award winner Nguyen (whose Short Girls was an L Best Book). When Lee Lien returns home with her doctorate but no job, she starts looking for her vanished brother by investigating something he left behind: a gold-leaf brooch reputedly belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder in turn left behind in 1965 Saigon by an American reporter.

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A narrow gold pin, engraved with a small house on a lake, is found at the table in Ong Hai's Saigon restaurant where Rose, an American war correspondent, takes tea each afternoon. Ten years later, when Ong flees Vietnam for America with his daughter, that brooch is one of the few items he takes and will become the catalyst for the action in Nguyen's novel of migration, family, and the search for rootedness. Like Little House on the Prairie's Ingalls family that so enthralls her, eight-year-old Lee Lien, brother Sam, and their widowed mother and grandfather wander from one Midwestern state to another, working long hours in the restaurant business. As transients, Lee and Sam make few friends and are embarrassed by their mother's immigrant ways, her cold detachment, and her refusal to talk about their father's untimely death. Each sibling seems locked in a continuum of inexplicable hostility with their exacting mother. It's not until Lee earns a PhD and returns home jobless that the gold pin resurfaces, taking her on a scholarly hunt for Laura and Rose Wilder and their heirs. VERDICT Nguyen (Short Girls; Stealing Buddha's Dinner) draws a parallel between Rose and Laura Wilder and Lee and her mother. Though it's a bit of a stretch, this imaginative device spices up an otherwise conventional novel about the constant tug between first-generation immigrants and their more assimilated progeny. [See Prepub Alert, 8/12/13.]—Sally Bissell, Fort Myers, FL

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