Vanessa Hua
A River of Stars

A River of Stars

Hua’s debut novel introduces Scarlett Chen, a factory clerk from a Chinese village who fell in love with her boss, and is now pregnant with his baby. Her boss, parent to three daughters, is delighted when the ultrasound reveals Scarlett is carrying his son, and sends her to a secret maternity home in Los Angeles where she will stay until she delivers a boy who will be guaranteed U.S. citizenship. But a later ultrasound corrects the error of the first. When Scarlett realizes she’ll have a daughter, she flees to San Francisco, and makes an unlikely friend in the process. The brave and determined pair attempts to eke out an existence on the streets of Chinatown—but more surprises await them. Celeste Ng calls this “an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone."

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