Nea Chhim, the spirited heroine of "Dragon Chica," struggles with college. Nightmares of war flood the waking memories of this 19-year-old survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields. Nea decides she must confront the past to overcome her fear and begin her own life in America. Without telling Ma, she hops on a cross-country bus in Nebraska to see her biological father in Southern California. There Nea comes face to face with a man wounded by survivor's guilt who refuses to acknowledge the family's secrets. Nea determines to revive his struggling donut shop and help him recover. Her tireless efforts attract a mysterious young man's attention--is he casing the place for a gang? It is up to Nea to find out the truth: about her family, the war that nearly destroyed them, and herself. "Tiger Girl" weaves together Cambodian folklore and its painful past with contemporary American life to create an unforgettable novel about love, war, and acceptance.
About the Author
May-lee Chai is the author of seven books, including "Dragon Chica" and "The Girl from Purple Mountain, " which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2006 NEA Grant in Literature and has an M.A. from Yale in East Asian Studies and an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. A former reporter for the Associated Press, she is a frequent contributor to the "Jakarta Post Weekender Magazine." May-lee has appeared on C-Span's Book-TV, Rick Steves' national radio show, and many other media outlets to talk about Asia.