Ly, Many. Roots and wings.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

LY, Many. Roots and wings. Random House, Delacorte. 262p. c2008. 978-0-385-73500-1. $15.99. J S A

Grace is 14 years old; her mother, a Cambodian refugee, is now a teacher in Pennsylvania. Grace doesn't know who her father is. She is close to her grandmother Naree, who raised her while her mother went to school and continued her career. When Naree dies and Grace's mother decides to return to bury her with other Cambodian relations in St. Petersburg, Florida, it becomes an important journey of discovery for Grace. For the first time, she hears stories of what Naree and her friends endured in Cambodia; and she discovers her mother's secret shame and why she stayed away from her friends and relatives for so long.

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