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Pioneer Girl - Bich Minh Nguyen
Pioneer Girl
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From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The Little House on the Prairie Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother... show more
From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The Little House on the Prairie

Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an
object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own.

A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670025091 (0670025097)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
1.0 My expectations fell so quickly with this book.
I started reading this before 'Go Set A Watchman' but set it aside when the hold for GSAW came through at the library (also respecting there were 100+ holds when I checked, so I figured it's best to get a move on!). I was sucked into this book quickly and looked forward to returning to it after the ...
spinsterfun
spinsterfun rated it
2.0 Should have re-read the Little House books instead
Oh man, I was let down by this book. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder so much that, by extension, I love all people who love her. And some of them are nuts. Based on the cover (I know, I know) and the plot description on the book flap I thought this would be a witty novel about a Vietnamese-American w...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
5.0 Pioneer Girl
It's been a long time since a book grabbed me like Pioneer Girl (well, I guess I did read Free Food for Millionaires earlier this year). I kept forgetting I was reading fiction. Nguyen's story just felt real. I love the conversations her characters have (about racism, identity, the problematic asp...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
5.0 Mesmerizing mix
If this intriguing layered novel only told the family focused story of Lee Lien, a book-nerdy young woman with an on-hold academic career trying to straddle the contrasting cultures and conflicting expectations of modern America, where she was born, and traditional pre-war Vietnam, where her strong-...
M.W. Gerard
M.W. Gerard rated it
4.5 Pioneer Girl
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