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Author: Lauren Hilgers Narrator: Angela Lin Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9780525526506
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2018 BY New York Times Critics • Wall Street Journal • Kirkus Reviews Christian Science Monitor • San Francisco Chronicle Finalist for the PEN Jacqueline Bograd Weld Biography Award Shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize The deeply reported story of one indelible family transplanted from rural China to New York City, forging a life between two worlds   In 2014, in a snow-covered house in Flushing, Queens, a village revolutionary from Southern China considered his options. Zhuang Liehong was the son of a fisherman, the former owner of a small tea shop, and the spark that had sent his village into an uproar—pitting residents against a corrupt local government. Under the alias Patriot Number One, he had stoked a series of pro-democracy protests, hoping to change his home for the better. Instead, sensing an impending crackdown, Zhuang and his wife, Little Yan, left their infant son with relatives and traveled to America. With few contacts and only a shaky grasp of English, they had to start from scratch. In Patriot Number One, Hilgers follows this dauntless family through a world hidden in plain sight: a byzantine network of employment agencies and language schools, of underground asylum brokers and illegal dormitories that Flushing’s Chinese community relies on for survival. As the irrepressibly opinionated Zhuang and the more pragmatic Little Yan pursue legal status and struggle to reunite with their son, we also meet others piecing together a new life in Flushing. Tang, a democracy activist who was caught up in the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, is still dedicated to his cause after more than a decade in exile. Karen, a college graduate whose mother imagined a bold American life for her, works part-time in a nail salon as she attends vocational school, and refuses to look backward. With a novelist’s eye for character and detail, Hilgers captures the joys and indignities of building a life in a new country—and the stubborn allure of the American dream. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Narrator Angela Lin’s clear, feminine delivery is well paced and comfortable…Lin’s pronunciation of the Chinese words that are incorporated into the beginnings of each chapter and intermittently throughout the text sounds authentic.”

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  • “This book is hard to put down…a highly readable story about starting over in a new land; a must-read for all.”

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  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • Longlisted for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Nonfiction

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About the Author

Lauren Hilgers was born in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Pomona College in 2003. In 2006 she moved to Shanghai, China, and spent six years writing about the country, covering topics ranging from tomb raiders in rural Henan Province to political scandals in Beijing. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Wired, Businessweek, the New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine.

About the Narrator

Angela Lin, an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA degree in drama. A critically acclaimed actress, her credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and As the World Turns, among others.