Roots and Wings
By Many Ly
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385735001, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 13, 2008
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GRACE’S GRANDMOTHER HAS died, and she and her mother must travel back to the Cambodian community to give her a proper Cambodian funeral. But Grace wants to use the trip to solve a few mysteries, like who her father was, why her mother and grandmother moved from St. Petersburg to Pennsylvania, where they’re the only Cambodians Grace has ever seen, and what Cambodian culture is really about.
Embraced by her mother’s old friends, Grace feels both at home and lost, fascinated by the traditions she’s never known, but strangely judged by some members of the community. Can she make sense of, and honor, the life of the grandmother she barely knew? And will revelations about the past bring Grace closer to her mother, or push them even further apart?
“Readers looking for a nuanced and sympathetic exploration of secondculture life or a family struggling for rebalance will find a home here.” —The Bulletin