Pioneer Girl: A Novel
Title: Pioneer Girl: A Novel
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
“A gold brooch supposedly left in a diner in Saigon in 1965 courtesy of Rose Wilder Lane (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder) is the catalyst for a mysterious story that intertwines a modern day sleuth looking for clues to her ancestors past. Anyone who is a fan of the Little House series of books will enjoy this book!”
—Theresa at KDL’s Byron Township Branch
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 expecteda 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 her own.
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 homeeven as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.