Beautiful Country: A Memoir

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Product Details

Price
$28.95  $24.49
Publisher
Doubleday Books
Publish Date
Pages
320
Dimensions
6.57 X 9.54 X 1.26 inches | 1.37 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780385547215

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About the Author

QIAN JULIE WANG is a graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College. Formerly a commercial litigator, she is now managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, a firm dedicated to advocating for education and civil rights. Her writing has appeared in major publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.

Reviews

Beautiful Country rings with power and authenticity. Wang's searing exploration reveals how she and her family were forced to navigate the yawning cracks in the American Dream. An eloquent, thought-provoking and touching memoir.--Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation and Searching for Sylvie Lee

"Heartrending, unvarnished, and powerfully courageous, this account of growing up undocumented in America will never leave you.--Gish Jen, author of The Resisters

Deeply compelling...I was moved by the love and resilience of this family thrust into darkness...that casts an urgent light on a reality that extends way beyond America's borders.--Hisham Matar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return

A potent testament to the love, curiosity, grit, and hope of a courageous and resourceful immigrant child. Engaging readers through all five senses and the heart, Wang's debut memoir is a critical addition to the literature on immigration as well as the timeless category of childhood memoir.--Kirkus Reviews, *Starred Review*

"Extraordinary... With immense skill, Wang parses how her family's illegal status blighted nearly every aspect of their life, from pushing her parents' marriage to the brink to compromising their health. While Wang's story of pursuing the American dream is undoubtedly timeless, it's her family's triumph in the face of "xenophobia and intolerance" that makes it feel especially relevant today. Consider this remarkable memoir a new classic."--Publishers Weekly, *Starred Review*

"The writing is sparse, stylish, sometimes harrowing and sometimes humorous as she narrates experiences that are incredibly common but rarely captured with this level of artful control. It's shaping up to be one of the best memoirs of the year.--Bookpage, *Starred Review*

"[A] powerful debut. . . [Wang] movingly tells how undocumented families like hers are often overlooked and their experiences ignored. A haunting memoir of people and places that will stay with readers long after the last page."--Library Journal
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