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A River of Stars: A Novel por Vanessa Hua
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A River of Stars: A Novel (original 2018; edição 2019)

por Vanessa Hua (Autor)

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"In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream. Holed up with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, he's overjoyed because the doctors confirmed he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his son has every advantage, he has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince. As Scarlett awaits the baby's arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend. Then a new sonogram of Scarlett's baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van--only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. They flee to San Francisco's bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn't know is that her baby's father is not far behind her. --… (mais)
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Título:A River of Stars: A Novel
Autores:Vanessa Hua (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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While I love the idea of this story, I didn't care so much for the execution. Everything fell into place far too neatly with plot devices that felt exactly like, well, plot devices. There was also an air of the myth that the protagonist was pulling herself up by her own bootstraps despite the fact that she was bailed out by luck and happenstance repeatedly. Efforts at providing depth to the characters fell flat for me, and I found the whole book disappointingly predictable. It was nicely written though. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Sep 15, 2019 |
I'm 55% in and I just can't be bothered anymore. I'm a tiny bit morbidly curious about what happens to Scarlett and her baby; but, it just shouldn't take this long for so little to happen. Moving on. . . . ( )
  joyblue | Aug 27, 2019 |
At Perfume Bay, women are getting ready to give birth. It is a facility specifically for women from China who want to have their babies in America, for to be born in America gives their babies citizenship.

Scarlett is one of the twelve pregnant women, sent there by her lover Boss Yeung, a powerful man with lots of guanxi and gets her the best room in the house.

But at an ultrasound, Scarlett discovers that the baby boy she’s been expecting is actually a girl. Another daughter for Boss Yeung. She worries about the future of her daughter, and when she learns that Boss Yeung wants to pay her to hand over the baby, whom he still thinks is a boy, she decides to run away. Another Perfurme Bay inhabitant, Daisy, a teenager whose parents sent her away to have her baby, takes off with her too.

The two pregnant women head to San Francisco’s Chinatown where they struggle to figure out how to support themselves and their two babies. Meanwhile, Boss Yeung continues to search for his son, and Daisy begins to search for the father of her baby. Scarlett’s tourist visa is expiring and while desperately trying to scrounge for money for rent and necessities, she also has to worry about how to stay on in the US.

A solid story about motherhood and the American dream. The desperation and struggles that the two women go through is honest and moving.

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The women’s stories were compelling but the men in this story seem rather uneven. Boss Yeung, I can’t really tell sometimes whether we are meant to dislike him or not. At times he’s heartless or is he really just in pursuit of his true love? But for me, the part that doesn’t seem to sit well with the rest of the book is the super-sweet ending that Daisy receives. Maybe if her ending turned out different, I would have rated this higher. Maybe if the book had kept more of its focus on the two women? It bothered me, this saccharine ending. Maybe I am just too skeptical… ( )
  RealLifeReading | May 23, 2019 |
When Scarlett's boss knocks her up and he finds out that the boy, he sends her from her home in China to a maternity home in California. With her in the home is Daisy, an American Born Chinese teenager, who desperately wants to find her boyfriend. When Scarlett finds out that boy is really a girl, she takes the first opportunity and flees from the home. Daisy hides away in the van, determined to escape also. The pair end up in San Francisco's China town, where they are forced to survive on their own.

This was a quick read with interesting characters. The relationship between Scarlett and Daisy was extremely well done, and kept the story vibrant and exciting. Overall, well worth picking up. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Apr 25, 2019 |
Following the story of a Chinese woman who was sent to the US to bear her lover’s child, who would be a US citizen, this book documents what it is like to a foreigner who is afraid of being caught by ICE. Scarlett flees the home for pregnant Chinese women in which she has been imprisoned. Going to San Francisco’s Chinatown, she creates a life for herself and her baby daughter. Although the ending seemed a little too easy, I love books that end happily. ( )
  brangwinn | Mar 30, 2019 |
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"In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream. Holed up with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, he's overjoyed because the doctors confirmed he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his son has every advantage, he has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince. As Scarlett awaits the baby's arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend. Then a new sonogram of Scarlett's baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van--only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. They flee to San Francisco's bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn't know is that her baby's father is not far behind her. --

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