Pioneer Girl

Pioneer Girl

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 9780670025091
0670025097
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,24 cm

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Drewlb
Jul 10, 2017

This was a charming book. I loved the way she wove the theme of the Wilders with the main character's own immigration and settlement stories.

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Erlands
Apr 21, 2015

Interesting book. I am about halfway through it, but one of the characters works at the San Francisco Main Library, in the History Center.

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LibraryMaker
Apr 12, 2015

This was a good book, though it didn't blow my socks off. I listened to it on audio, and it was a bit slow. I think I would have enjoyed reading it more.

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pudiimom
Jun 29, 2014

To my surprise, I loved this book. I was impressed with how the author described the sights, sounds & smells of a scene. She'd leave me with impressions of what was going on, without actually describing what was going on as she told the story.

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