“A robust and fully unique American saga.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Bich Minh Nguyen’s past books—the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the yankee ebook Award–winning novel Short Girls—established her abilities as a author of willing cultural remark. In Pioneer Girl, Nguyen entwines the Asian American event with the escapist pleasures of literature, in a stunning secret concerning the origins of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s vintage Little residence at the Prairie.
Lee Lien has lengthy dodged her Vietnamese family’s inflexible expectancies by means of immersing herself in books. yet now, jobless with a PhD in literature, she is again at domestic, operating in her family’s eating place below her mother’s hypercritical gaze—until an heirloom from their previous sends Lee on a look for clues which could lead again to Wilder herself, reworking strangers’ lives in addition to her personal.