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  • A story that needs to be heard. Moving, beautiful, heartbreaking and even funny . . . I never wanted it to end

    Philippa Perry
  • Now a successful lawyer, Qian is working through her trauma in this book, but it's joyous too, with moments of brightness breaking through even the most trying times

    Sunday Times, Books of the Year
  • Elegantly affecting . . . Qian Julie Wang tells a remarkable story of displacement, heartache and resilience

    Guardian, Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2021
  • Deeply compelling . . . I was moved by the love and resilience of this family thrust into darkness. The book casts an urgent light on a reality that extends way beyond America's borders

    Hisham Matar, author of The Return
  • A powerful, gripping insight into the world of an undocumented migrant in New York . . . beautifully written, with vivid scenes that linger in the mind long after finishing it

    Helena Merriman
  • Sharply observed . . . Wang's story leaves the reader wishing that wanting a better future, and working hard for it, wasn't illegal in a country that has been built on the back of immigrants

  • Astonishing . . . In restrained but beautiful prose, Wang honours her family's sacrifices, but alerts us to the urgent realisation that they should not be necessary

    Nesrine Malik
  • Intricate and penetrating . . . a beautiful and hopeful read that also underlines what can truly happen to people who are simply seeking refuge

    Stylist, an Unmissable Memoir for Summer 2021
  • The must-read book of 2021

    Marie Claire
  • This beautifully expressed memoir of the immigrant experience charts her parents' struggles to survive as "illegals" in New York while their daughter battles hunger and loneliness at school, and is all the more moving for being related from a child's point of view

    The Bookseller, Editor's Choice

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