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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
Rachel Joyce
Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans' Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
Ellen J. Prager
Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok This was a really quick read--it reads more like YA than adult fiction. Beautiful writing isn't really its strong point, but it is definitely effective and doesn't distract from the story. And it is quite a good story about the immigrant experience. I liked a lot of the issues it touched on, from family bonds to choosing a path that's authentic to yourself to white/wealthy privilege and the squalid poverty and illegal conditions many immigrants must deal with.

I didn't really feel like the pregnancy twist was fully necessary, but I understand why the author did it and I think it worked pretty well for that purpose.

I really cared about the characters and overall it was a pretty satisfying story.