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Jean Kwok

Chris Macke

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.

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Searching for Sylvie Lee
Fiction / Literature
William Morrow & Company
June 2019
ISBN 9780062834300
336 pages
$26.99, INSTOCK
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NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 BY Marie Claire • Nylon • Huffington Post • CrimeReads • Bookbub • Book Riot • Debutante Ball “Like all most compelling mysteries, Jean Kwok’s Searching for Sylvie Lee has a powerful emotional drama at its heart. More/less

Girl in Translation
Fiction / Literature
May 2011
ISBN 9781594485152
307 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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Emigrating with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly begins a double life as a schoolgirl by day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by her first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty.

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