A River of Stars

A River of Stars

In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream. Holed up with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's car In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to Cali...

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Title:A River of Stars
Author:Vanessa Hua
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0399178783
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:289 pages pages

A River of Stars Reviews

  • Jane
    Mar 30, 2018
    I loved this book for the incredible bravery and determination of its protagonist, Scarlett Chen. Pregnancy, motherhood, immigration, entrepreneurship... this book tackles so much and never stopped surprising me. An amazing, captivating read. ...
  • Celeste Ng
    Feb 07, 2018
    A RIVER OF STARS splits "the Chinese immigrant story" into a kaleidoscopic spectrum, putting human faces to the many groups?rich and poor, privileged and marginalized, documented and not?who come to America. Vanessa Hua?s debut is an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless lov...
  • Sherwood Smith
    Aug 12, 2018
    The title is a graceful nod to the fundamental Chinese myth of the cowherd and the weaver girl, which, though ancient, as buried in it some key ideas about the double blade of parenthood and filial obedience. This novel, rich in detail about Chinese Americans and Chinese immigrants,...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    May 17, 2018
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Mama Fang held everyone?s wallets, passports, and their cash in the safe in her office, part of her pledge to take care of every detail. That meant Scarlett couldn?t pay for the fare and couldn?t leave the country. And if she ...
  • Laura Hill
    Jul 31, 2018
    Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an early review copy of A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua, which will publish August 14, 2018.  All thoughts are my own. Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Characters: 3.5 Heavily pregnant, Scarlett and Daisy, meet at Perfume Bay ? the exclusive mater...
  • Chris(tine)
    May 24, 2018
    I feel bad. I made it 2/3 through this book but just couldn't go any further. I enjoyed the characters and was interested in the story but it didn't seem to be progressing. It felt stagnant. I expected more from the narrative and interaction between the primary characters but it felt b...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 07, 2018
    ?Here in America, she might change the world?but she had to hurry before someone else did.? Scarlett Chen's married lover requests she travel from China to America to give birth to their son. The benefit of having American citizenship in the family is priceless. Of course, Sc...
  • Sarah
    Nov 16, 2018
    I'm honestly struggling to think of anything positive to say about this one... I think the premise had great potential, but that's about it. I just had one too many issues with this one to rate it higher than one star: - the characters are totally impossible to relate to. I don't m...
  • Andrea
    Apr 20, 2018
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. SOLID 3.5. I really wish I could round up, but cannot. I expected more from this novel. At times I quite liked it, other times I thought it dragged. Though I didn't particularly like the somewhat pat ending [no spoil...
  • Angela M
    Sep 05, 2018
    3.5 stars There are a number of things that I liked about this book. It covers the tough and highly relevant, timely issue of immigration. We get a view of the inequities in Chinese society in its view of people and the awful conditions in the factories and the difficulties of imm...
  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Jul 29, 2018
    LOVED IT. Review to come. ...
  • Melki
    Oct 07, 2018
    At Perfume Bay, the mothers were treated like children, so that their children would obtain the most precious gift of all: American citizenship. Scarlett has been sent to California by her much-older, married lover to deliver their child, his only son, on American soil. She's stuck ...
  • Neville Longbottom
    Sep 26, 2018
    A River of Stars tells the story of Scarlet Chen, a factory manager from China who becomes pregnant after an affair with her married boss. He pays to send her to a retreat in the US to spend the rest of her pregnancy and give birth, thus giving their son, and his only male heir, Americ...
  • Elaine
    Sep 06, 2018
    Here's what I liked about A River of Stars: ** Here come some spoiler-y bits ** 1. The premise; a pregnant, unwed mother named Scarlet is sent to the USA by her lover so her child will have American citizenship. When she discovers the gender of her baby is not what her love...
  • Jaymee
    Sep 29, 2018
    Such a satisfying journey. I'm usually skeptical when it comes to the immigrant experience, taking the Asian to the Western world where she (usually a she) has to navigate a new culture, and we are treated to a tough-but-ultimately-rewarding end. This was different as the characters we...
  • Aura
    May 29, 2018
    Vanessa Hua's first novel is wonderful. I enjoyed this novel about Scarlett Chen, a Chinese woman factory manager who is impregnated by her rich lover boss. He sends her away to Perfume Bay, a place in America where Chinese women are housed and where they can deliver their babies. The ...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Apr 16, 2018
    GNa Vanessa Hua brings us a wonderful novel that sings. As a young teenager Scarlett Chen works her way from the small, northern Chinese village she was born in through jobs requiring increasingly more knowledge, better language skills and more sophistication as she works her way south...
  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    Dec 02, 2018
    2.5 stars I so wanted to like this book especially after reading the inside cover flap. The story sounded interesting and thrilling. The opening chapters were intriguing but the more I ventured into the story, the more it fell flat. I kept hoping to eventually care about the charac...
  • Afoma Umesi
    Aug 19, 2018
    Thanks to Ballantine books for a free e-ARC of this novel. Hua?s debut novel follows a young Chinese woman, Scarlett as she arrives America to birth the child she conceived with her wealthy, married lover. When she gets unexpected news about her child, she flees the fancy maternity ?...
  • Kirstin Chen
    Mar 30, 2018
    A truly stellar debut novel about motherhood, immigration and the search for the American dream. I fell for Scarlett Chen from the very start?and would have happily followed her for another 100 pages! ...
  • Fareya
    Nov 08, 2018
    A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua analyzes the many challenges faced to find one's identity as an immigrant, the struggles of new motherhood and the complicated relationship that is female friendship. It is a tale of hope and survival with quite a bit of drama, and some tidbits on Chines...
  • Angie
    Mar 29, 2018
    At first, A RIVER OF STARS might grab you with its outward allure: A window into the the unseen world of Chinese maternity hotels, into the mind of a Chinese mistress hidden away in the United States by her much wealthier lover -- who also happens to be her boss, and into the rollickin...
  • Debbie
    Dec 06, 2018
    My Takeaway "Here in America, she might change the world -- but she had to hurry before someone else did." Vanessa Hua, A River of Stars Before reading A River of Stars, I had no idea birthing centers or "maternity hotels" (as they're known) existed right here in the United Stat...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Aug 14, 2018
    4 refreshing stars to A River of Stars! ? ? ? ? Happy Publication Day to A River of Stars, a wonderfully told story of the Chinese immigrant experience from the perspective of a new mother. A River of Stars focuses on Scarlett Chen, a factory worker who has an affair wi...
  • Bkwmlee
    Aug 11, 2018
    4.5 stars Those who live in Southern California may remember that several years ago, there was a huge boom in ?birthing tourism? where pregnant women in China would pay a lofty sum for the ?privilege? of traveling to the United States to give birth so that their babies would...
  • Jaime
    Aug 14, 2018
    A moving novel that focuses on Scarlet, as she?s pregnant and trying to find her way and stake a claim to the American Dream for herself and her unborn child. Vanessa Hua?s was enthralling, and moving. It?s a story that timely and filled with vivacious characters while on their j...
  • Lauren Fanella
    Nov 03, 2018
    3.5? A captivating debut novel. This is the story of Scarlett Chen, a 36 year-old factory worker in China who becomes pregnant with her boss?s child. She is shipped off to a maternity home in Los Angeles by her lover but manages to escape. Such a good examination of the immigrant e...
  • Mel
    Dec 05, 2018
    As I meandered through this book I knew I wouldn't love it but I stuck with it and was glad I did. If you like slow reads, and especially if you enjoyed the likes of Pachinko, then this one should be on your TBR. Though I also finished Pachinko with some pretty lukewarm feelings, Vanes...
  • R.O. Kwon
    Mar 23, 2018
    Vanessa Hua?s A River of Stars is an epic, necessary tale about a pair of pregnant women on the lam from a maternity home. They flee to San Francisco's Chinatown, where they try to make a life for themselves and their expected babies. This is a moving, wildly entertaining, and compas...
  • Kathryn
    Sep 19, 2018
    Ms. Hua writes a creative, funny and yet serious story on the topic of treatment of women in China. Two women unite forces when they realize that they are not going to be allowed to raise their babies. Ms. Hua is a gifted writer, invoking emotions in the reader about the injustice don...