Dandelion by Jamie Chai Yun Liew audiobook

Dandelion

By Jamie Chai Yun Liew
Read by Jennifer Hui

Bespeak Audio Editions 9781551528816
9.45 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781773059730

When Lily was eleven years old, her mother, Swee Hua, walked away from the family, never to be seen or heard from again. Now a new mother herself, Lily becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Swee Hua. Lily recalls the spring of 1987, growing up in a small British Columbia mining town where there were only a handful of Asian families. Lily’s previously stateless father wanted to blend seamlessly into Canadian life, while her mother, alienated and isolated, longed to return to Brunei. Years later, still affected by Swee Hua’s disappearance, Lily’s family is stubbornly silent to her questioning. But eventually, an old family friend provides a clue that sends Lily to Southeast Asia to find out the truth. Dandelion is a beautifully written and affecting novel about motherhood, family secrets, migration, isolation, and mental illness. With clarity and care, it delves into the many ways we define home, identity, and above all, belonging.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2018 Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award

When Lily was eleven years old, her mother, Swee Hua, walked away from the family, never to be seen or heard from again. Now a new mother herself, Lily becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Swee Hua.

Lily recalls the spring of 1987, growing up in a small British Columbia mining town where there were only a handful of Asian families. Lily’s previously stateless father wanted to blend seamlessly into Canadian life, while her mother, alienated and isolated, longed to return to Brunei. Years later, still affected by Swee Hua’s disappearance, Lily’s family is stubbornly silent to her questioning. But eventually, an old family friend provides a clue that sends Lily to Southeast Asia to find out the truth.

Dandelion is a beautifully written and affecting novel about motherhood, family secrets, migration, isolation, and mental illness. With clarity and care, it delves into the many ways we define home, identity, and above all, belonging.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jennifer Hui gives a moving performance…[and] creates a quiet intensity that engages listeners in the characters’ passionate debates about identity, heritage, and where they belong…Hui’s authentic intonations and pronunciations convey the diversity of cultures in this insightful story...Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Rich in imagery detailing the immigrant experience, Jamie Chai Yun Liew’s debut novel picks at the open wound of diasporic displacement with tenderness and compassion.” Catherine Hernandez, author of Scarborough

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Author Bio: Jamie Chai Yun Liew

Author Bio: Jamie Chai Yun Liew

Jamie Chai Yun Liew is the recipient of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award from the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. She is a lawyer and law professor specializing in immigration, refugee, and citizenship law and the creator of the podcast Migration ConversationsDandelion is her first novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English