In 1974, a baby girl from Taiwan arrived in America, the newly adopted child of a loving couple in Michigan. Mei-Ling Hopgood had an all-American upbringing, never really identifying with her Asian roots or harboring a desire to uncover her ancestry. Then, in her twenties, her birth family comes calling, and they are a boisterous, loving, bossy, complicated middle-class family who hound her daily–by phone, fax, and letter, in a language she doesn’t understand–until she returns to Taiwan to meet them. As her sisters and parents pull her into their lives, claiming her as one of their own, the devastating secrets that still haunt this family begin to emerge.
Mei-Ling Hopgood will be at the Children’s Home Society, 1605 Eustis St., St. Paul to read from <Lucky Girl on Saturday, May 9, at 3:00pm. It’s an unusual time and place for a book reading, but it will be well worth attending.–David E