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Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader

94A7AEA6-9D92-422B-B798-A31F804FC64CFirst Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books.


TGIF, everyone! I hope you are all ready for the weekend! I know I am! 🎉

Today my first line is from a book I am currently reading:

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“Shanghai, 1988. It wasn’t the plane Lina feared, but the sky above the airfield. Acres of space unbroken by trees or buildings made Lina nervous.”

I have read about half of this book and am enjoying getting to know the Zhen family and their unique cultural position. The writing is smooth, and it has been easy to get lost in the story.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city.

One morning…

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