award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The
Little House on the Prairie
Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad
school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college.
But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood
dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in
1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee
explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than
expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks
of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to
San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as
A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer
Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese
daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is
expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that
will free her to live her own life to its full potential. Download and start listening now!