by Qian Julie Wang
A scorching memoir of an undocumented childhood, and what it means to live an invisible life
When 7-year old Qian moves to Mei Guo with her mother she doesn't know what to expect from the place, otherwise known as America, that translates to 'Beautiful Country'. In China she was the daughter of Professors, a popular student leading a comfortable middle-class life. In America she simply does not exist.
This is the story of a childhood spent in extreme poverty as an undocumented Chinese immigrant in Brooklyn. From manual labour in a sushi factory to learning English in elementary school, the days spent scavenging the neighbourhood for furniture to emergency treatment in hospital, Qian Julie Wang's memoir is an unforgettable account of what it means to live under the perpetual threat of deportation, where being seen is an act of danger. Told from a child's perspective, in a voice that is intimate, poignant and startlingly lyrical, Beautiful Country is the story of a girl who learns first to live - and then escape - an invisible life.
Page Count: 320 Pages
Published: Jan 2022