On Sale: August 14, 2018
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In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration,
and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to
California and stakes a claim to the American
Holed up with other moms-to-be in a
secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far
from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and
fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she’s carrying
his baby. Already married with three daughters, he’s
overjoyed because the doctors confirmed he will finally have
the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his son has
every advantage, he has shipped Scarlett off to give birth
on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their
As Scarlett awaits the baby’s
arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars
with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even
less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother
who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.
Then a new sonogram of Scarlett’s baby reveals the
unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van—only to
discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to
track down the father of her child. They flee to San
Francisco’s bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join
countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece
of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn’t know is that
her baby’s father is not far behind her.
of Stars is an entertaining, wildly unpredictable
adventure, told with empathy and wit by an author the San
Francisco Chronicle says “has a deep understanding of
the pressure of submerged emotions and polite, face-saving
deceptions.” It’s a vivid examination of home and belonging,
and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her
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