Home is a Roof Over a Pig
An American Family's Journey to China
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“Few authors are able to take us inside the daily lives of the Chinese people and turn a spotlight on both the shades of difference between our societies and, perhaps more surprising, the similarities. Love of family, desires for the future, and hope for growth and advancement are themes found in these pages. But so, too, are the pain of generational gaps, fear of change, and interpersonal prejudices that still lead to harshness and even violence. If you want to look through a window at the real China of today, this is the book to read.”
— Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
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When Aminta Arrington moves with her husband and three young children (including a daughter adopted from China) from suburban Georgia to Tai’an, a city where donkeys share the road with cars, the family is bewildered by seemingly endless cultural differences large and small. But with the help of new friends, they soon find their way. Full of humor and unexpectedly moving moments, Home is a Roof Over a Pig recounts a transformative quest with a freshness that will delight.
Abrams Press, 9781468308792, 320pp.
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
About the Author
Aminta Arrington has an M.A. in international relations from the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She has written about China for the Seattle Times, and she edited the anthology Saving Grandmother's Face: And Other Tales from Christian Teachers in China. She lives and works in China with her family.