Jean Kwok holds a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She taught at the University of Leiden and is an alumnus of the Amsterdam Writing Workshops. Jean's debut novel, Girl in Translation, will be published in 2010 by Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin. Riverhead's authors include Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) and Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao). Jean's novel has already been sold in eight countries.
Genres: Young Adult Fiction
Jean Kwok recommends
Everything Here Is Beautiful (2018)
Mira T Lee
"This heart-wrenching, delicately drawn novel is filled with family love, passion, pain and forgiveness. Mira T. Lee spins a story spanning oceans that draws us ever closer to her characters' generous, flawed hearts. Powerful and unforgettable."
The Atlas of Reds and Blues (2019)
Devi S Laskar
"The Atlas of Reds and Blues is an unforgettable exploration of what it means to be a woman of color in contemporary America. Laskar describes the climate of lingering racism that surrounds her narrator and family in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta with a poet's touch. A searing, powerful, and beautifully written novel."
Mother Country (2019)
"Beautifully written, wise, poignant, tender and filled with humor, Irina Reyn's novel Mother Country about mothers and daughters captured my heart from the very first page. Despite the heartbreaking urgency of this timely story, Mother Country is infused with hope, originality and most of all, love. A gorgeous book."
Disappearing Earth (2019)
"Brilliant, spectaculara wonderful book. Julia Phillips’s exquisite, detailed writing drew me in from the very first page of Disappearing Earth. I fell in love with each and every poignantly rendered character, even as I couldn’t keep my eyes off the central mystery of the two missing girls. The novel is both a riveting page-turner and a gorgeous exploration of love, one that circles around a magnetic core of loss. It has lodged itself deep in my heart."
The Resisters (2020)
"Brilliant . . . A heartbreaking novel with the sensitivity, emotional range, and prophetic power of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale."
The Jetsetters (2020)
Amanda Eyre Ward
"Heartwarming, funny, and poignant, The Jetsetters kept me up late turning the pages. . . . Compulsively readable."
The Library of Legends (2020)
"Janie Chang's The Library of Legends is a delicious mix of history, myth and romance. Chang deftly intertwines Chinese folklore and historical detail to create a magical, heartfelt read."
Pretty Things (2020)
"I drank down Janelle Brown's Pretty Things in one greedy gulp, speeding through the pages even as the sharp, insightful writing made me feel compassion for each narrator. . . . Mesmerizing, provocative, surprising and thoughtful--a must-read."
Exile Music (2020)
"Gorgeous and lyrical, Exile Music captures the delicate rhythm of one girl's coming of age while driven by war and exile. Heart-wrenching, tender and powerful."
A Good Marriage (2020)
"Filled with emotional urgency, sharp insights and profound revelations, Kimberly McCreight's newest novel is a marvelboth a compelling mystery and a discerning exploration of love and marriage."
With or Without You (2020)
"It was if I were falling in love: flushed, fascinated, filled with hope, fear and joy. Leavitt's exploration of the many ways in which we change over the course of a lifetimeand how we keep or lose those we love throughout these mutationsis compassionate, profound and moving. Beyond being utterly captivated, I felt like I had grown wiser and more humane after reading this beautiful novel."
Nights When Nothing Happened (2020)
"In his beautifully written debut novel, Simon Han takes a keen look at immigration, family and love. Insightful and poignant."
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