My publisher GemmaMedia was very happy today, sending me the link to a rave review of Dragon Chica from “New Paper Adventures,” a book review site on the blogosphere. Through the www.netgalley.com program, bloggers who regularly post book reviews can get advance reading copies in pdf form of new books, which is how this reviewer got her copy.
I’m always ecstatic when I hear someone has enjoyed a book that I’ve written!
From: New Paper Adventures
Review: “This was a fabulous coming of age story and a story about the clashing of cultures. The differences between big city vs small towns, Cambodian culture vs American culture and trying to fit in. Nea is caught between worlds, the world of her parents and the new world they have brought her to in America. Her mother is happy to be in America and wants her children to take advantage of the opportunities it affords but she also wants them to adhere to their Cambodian culture. The girls in the family are expected to work in the family restaurant while their brother doesn’t have the same expectations. Nea is supposed to be the dutiful daughter but she can’t help standing up for herself instead of just smiling and not making waves. Nea is a strong willed girl in a traditional Asian family trying to find her way and not disappoint her family too much. May-lee really shows the struggles between the old generation and the new, of not only trying to fit in when you look different but even trying to fit in within your family as you grow up in a new culture with different beliefs. Reminiscent of Amy Tan, May-lee has bridged the gap between Asians growing up in America and the expectations of their families to retain the old ways. Wonderful.”
Click on the link to check out the original blog New Paper Adventures (and you can read other reviews there, too).
Dragon Chica will be available in bookstores and from online booksellers by October 27, 2010. If you want an earlier, signed copy, you can order one in advance from Books Inc./Opera Plaza in San Francisco where the book launch party will be held. Copies there will be available from October 13.