Grace, I just finished reading Dumpling Days today! You don't know how much your life has paralleled mine! I first heard of your first 2 Pacy books from Amazon and checked them out of the library during Christmas break. I enjoyed them so much that I bought all three Pacy books, plus Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (which my 20 year old daughter recommended that I read a couple of years ago). We must be of the same generation. I grew up loving the Betsy-Tacy books, Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc. and that is what hooked me into trying your books. Also, that you are Taiwanese-American like me. I grew up in Champaign, IL, and like you, was the only Asian child in my school (there might have been 1-2). I never learned the language, though I did pick up a few words here and there from when my parents spoke to each other in Taiwanese. I visited Taiwan a couple of times in grade school, but then my parents took both me and my brother as well as our families to Taiwan last summer. We experienced so much of what you had when you visited, the stinky tofu, the pearl tea, the dumplings, the name chops (I had name chops made for me and all of my 4 children),Taipei 101, the night market, etc. You really described so much of what it was like for me growing up. Food was really a big part of my life growing up, as well as now. I even got a Master's Degree in Food Science because I loved food so much. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed reading your books!I am a fourth grade teacher now (changed careers so I could have the same schedule as my kids),and plan on reading The Year of the Dog to my class as part of the Chinese New Year celebration.Thanks for writing about your childhood; I really hope that there will be more Pacy books!
Hi Karen! Thanks again for your lovely message! As I said on FB, I really am thrilled how my book found resonance with your own experience. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate it!
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