內容簡介 在陰暗中成長的女孩，永遠不會停止追尋光明一部灼熱且有力，關於非法移民的童年回憶錄。「這個被推入黑暗的家庭，他們的愛和堅韌感動了我…並為超越美國國界的現實，投下了曙光。」—2017年普立茲獎，《歸來》（The Return）作者希沙姆·馬塔爾（Hisham Matar）。 一個美國非法移民的童年記憶，飢餓是僅次於孤獨的另一個朋友。 美國華裔律師王乾七歲時（一九九四）隨著父母從中國來到美國紐約。原本是教授的父母，在美國卻是非法移民，壓倒性的恐懼和匱乏，使得他們需費洪荒之力得以存活。 她的父母在壽司工廠血汗地工作，壓力卻危及著他們的婚姻以及母親的健康。童年的她經常閃躲老師與同學，她一頭鑽進圖書館，從閱讀中學習英語，把繪本裡的小熊當作自己的第一個朋友。 從第一口油膩膩的美味比薩，每週一次的「購物日」，布魯克林街道兩旁的垃圾桶裡尋寶，以及聖誕節在洛克菲勒中心的神奇之旅，都證實了她在電影看到的紐約真的存在。 為了生存，她沒有任何堅持，除了不斷告訴自己：無論發生什麼，你都是在這裡出生及活下來的。 以細膩的抒情，和清晰令人難忘的魅力，記載著她的童年。王乾寫下了一個深刻的美國故事，訴說一個家庭在隱形的壓力下破裂，以及一個在陰影中長大的女孩，卻從未停止追尋燦爛光明。The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world-an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent"Heartrending, unvarnished, and powerfully courageous, this account of growing up undocumented in America will never leave you."-Gish Jen, author of The ResistersIn Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to "beautiful country." Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian's parents were professors; in America, her family is "illegal" and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.In Chinatown, Qian's parents work in sweatshops and sushi factories. Instead of laughing at her jokes or watching her sing and dance, they fight constantly. Qian goes to school hungry, where she teaches herself English through library books, her only source of comfort. At home, Qian's headstrong and resilient Ma Ma ignores her own pain until she's unable to stand, too afraid of the cost and attention a hospital visit might bring. And yet, young Qian, now acting as her mother's nurse, her family's translator, a student and a worker, cannot ask for help. The number-one rule in America still stands: To be noticed is to risk losing everything.Searing and unforgettable, Beautiful Country is an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.
作者介紹 Qian Julie Wang Qian Julie Wang is a graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College. Formerly a commercial litigator, she is now managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, a firm dedicated to advocating for education and civil rights. Her writing has appeared in major publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.