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Pioneer Girl: A Novel av Bich Minh Nguyen

Pioneer Girl: A Novel (utgåvan 2015)

av Bich Minh Nguyen (Författare)

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Discovering a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder, PhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author only to discover a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters.
Titel:Pioneer Girl: A Novel
Författare:Bich Minh Nguyen (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2015), Edition: Reissue, 304 pages
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Pioneer Girl av Bich Minh Nguyen


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I was happy to get the eARC for Bich Minh Nguyen’s Pioneer Girl, because it was described as a novel about a Vietnamese-American grad student researching Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. The key to the mystery is a golden brooch, that resembles the description of a gift Almanzo gives Laura in These Happy Golden Years. An American journalist called Rose left it in a Saigon cafe in the 60s, and now the granddaughter of that cafe owner wonders if that journalist might really have been Rose Wilder Lane.

The Lien family and the Ingalls-Wilder family share more than just possibly the gold cabin pin. As Lee Lien investigates Rose’s papers, she also starts to uncover more about her family and the topics they don’t discuss. We also see parallels between the Ingalls family’s travels, always in search of a better place, and the Lien family, immigrating from Vietnam and then moving throughout the Midwest.

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  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
I was afraid that my non-existent knowledge/fondness of the Little House on the Prairie books and TV show would render this book unrelateable and boring, but not so. Despite being unfamiliar with Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose, I was still invested in following protagonist Lee Lien's cross-country chase to piece together how she--and a little gold brooch--might be connected to the Little House creators. And the book was more than a literary mystery, balanced with Lee's own personal life, trying to figure out what's next after getting her PhD in literature--because moving back home with her mom and grandpa and helping them with their Vietnamese restaurant was not the plan.

As with her previous books, Bich Minh Nguyen demonstrates her strengths in writing that appeals to the senses (especially when she describes food) and in writing the Vietnamese American perspective as a valid American (and not exotic) experience.

Thanks to Netgalley and Viking for the electronic advanced reading copy. ( )
  alyssajp | Jul 29, 2019 |
I am a Wilder junkie and a former lit grad student. For people who are both, this is going to speak to you. It is also a story about American immigrant experience, the Midwest and the whole nature of frontiers. ( )
  jeninmotion | Sep 24, 2018 |
My expectations fell so quickly with this book. I started reading this before 'Go Set A Watchman' but set it aside when the hold for GSAW came through at the library (also respecting there were 100 holds when I checked, so I figured it's best to get a move on!). I was sucked into this book quickly and looked forward to returning to it after the mess that was GSAW. Unfortunately this wasn't a "good" book to counter with.
Initially I was really identifying with Lee, a Vietnamese postdoc who is living at home, working a the family's restaurant. She feels adrift: no job to justify her degree, no direction like her friends, just adrift in post school life. Coupled with family drama (her older brother, the golden son is angry and abandons the family, her mom is distant and refuses to see her daughter for who she is), it seemed like an interesting fictional (?) tale of the author's story.
But that's not what it's about.Lee then gets dragged into some story about how a brooch may be the heirloom of the author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Add in some romantic angst, traveling around the country, research amongst books and papers, ramblings about Wilder and I guess you have this book.
As the book went on I found myself flipping pages. I really couldn't care about Wilder or her story or how it tied into Lee's. Lee's aimless traveling and family drama felt needlessly dragged out and I was disappointed by the engaging prose and story from the first few chapters quickly gave away.
I loved the idea and the concept but my eyes began to glaze over after awhile. I got this as a bargain book but a library borrow would have been better. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
I thought was ok. I liked the idea better than the execution, which is exactly how I felt about Stealing Buddha's Dinner, Nguyen's other book. Maybe she's not that good a writer.

Lover the cover though and the Lois Lenski retro vibe. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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