Jean Kwok is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of "Searching for Sylvie Lee," "Girl in Translation" and "Mambo in Chinatown." Her work has been published in 20 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. An instant New York Times bestseller, "Searching for Sylvie Lee" was selected for the Today Show Book Club and featured in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Post, The Washington Post, O Magazine, People, Entertainment Weekly and more.
Kwok has been chosen for numerous honors including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times Short Story Award international shortlist. She is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese, and English, and studied Latin for seven years. Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard and completed a master's of fine arts in fiction at Columbia University. She currently lives in the Netherlands.