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A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

A River of Stars

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
Aug 14, 2018 | 304 Pages
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A River of Stars splits the ‘Chinese immigrant story’ into a kaleidoscopic spectrum, putting human faces to the many groups—rich and poor, privileged and marginalized, documented and not—who come to America. Vanessa Hua’s debut is an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone.”—Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You

“Celeste Ng and Emma Cline are just a few authors to have already sung the praises of this powerful debut.”Entertainment Weekly 

“Vanessa Hua’s debut is a vibrant, fascinating look into womanhood and how so many women’s lives are shaped by their relationship to the powerful men within them. . . . Hua infuses this story with spirit and humor, exploring the ways in which pregnancy and motherhood can be both liberating and entrapping for the women who endure them. It’s a remarkable novel, one which makes clear the many ways in which women must struggle to make their lives their own.”Nylon 

“[A] stellar debut novel.”Bustle 

“[A] skillful debut novel . . . that is heartbreaking and, at turns, hilarious. . . . Hua wonderfully evokes the exigencies of lives at the margins of American culture by revealing Scarlett’s enduring ingenuity as she navigates near-destitute single motherhood.”Publishers Weekly

A River of Stars is a twenty-first-century immigrant story about the terror, drama, and desperation of being undocumented and yet unable to leave.”The Village Voice

“Fans of Celeste Ng . . . might find their next read right here.”Elle

“[This] gripping tale of Scarlett Chen, a Chinese boss’s mistress sent to America to birth a child, is as moving as it is entertaining.”Electric Lit

“In A River of Stars, Vanessa Hua illuminates the lives of her characters with energy, verve, and heart. Hua tracks the minutest emotional terrain of these characters while simultaneously interrogating the cultural and economic forces that shape their worlds. This book holds your attention until the very last page.”—Emma Cline, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls

A River of Stars is a page-turner, a riveting story of parenthood, migration, and the choices we make to survive. Fierce and determined, resourceful and resilient, Scarlett Chen is an unforgettable protagonist you can’t help but root for.”—Lisa Ko, author of the National Book Award finalist The Leavers

“How does Scarlett Chen—pregnant, with her immigration status in peril—make her way in America without friends, language, and money? Vanessa Hua’s compelling A River of Stars is a story of resistance, survival, and self-determination in a world that is seemingly indifferent to the needs of the poor and disenfranchised.”—Min Jin Lee, author of National Book Award finalist Pachinko

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