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

    Philippa Perry
  • 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
  • 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
  • A vital and unforgettable read

    Refinery29
  • Consider this remarkable memoir a new classic

    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • A potent testament to the love, curiosity, grit, and hope of a courageous and resourceful immigrant child. Engaging readers through all five senses and the heart, Wang's debut memoir is a critical addition to the literature on immigration as well as the timeless category of childhood memoir

    Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • Heartrending, unvarnished, and powerfully courageous, this account of growing up undocumented in America will never leave you

    Gish Jen, author of The Resisters

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