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The Face in My Mirror

Maureen C. Wartski

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ISBN 10: 0449704432 / ISBN 13: 9780449704431
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Face in My Mirror

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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As an infant, Mai was adoped straight off a boat from Hong Kong by Leo and Vivian Houston in Serena, Iowa. Now, at fifteen, a painful racial incident spurs her to find out more about her Vietnamese roots. The search takes her to Boston, where Mai's biological aunt, Lien Van Tranh, owns a restaurant. But her aunt proves to be less than cordial. Now Mai is more confused than ever, and the worst is yet to come . . .

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Though hampered by an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink plot and unimaginative characterizations, this well-meaning novel engages the reader by virtue of its sheer earnestness. Adopted as an infant and raised by a loving, supportive family in nearly lily-white Serena, Iowa, Mai has given little thought to her Vietnamese biological mother or her cultural heritage. But after she is assaulted by graffiti-spraying racists, Mai becomes obsessed with finding out whatever she can about her parents. Conveniently enough, Mai's biological aunt, Lien Van Tranh, is easily located and-after a flurry of letters and phone calls-Mai is invited to spend the summer working in the aunt's Boston restaurant. In the weeks that follow, Mai, an energetic heroine, embarks on her first romance even as she confronts just about every issue even peripherally connected to her origins: illegal immigration, the immigrant work ethic, gang warfare. At last crotchety Aunt Lien reveals the true story of Mai's saintly mother ("She was so gentle.... too gentle for life"). Despite the melodrama, Wartski's story is deeply felt and often moving. Ages 11-up.
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