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In the novelization of Sandra Tsing Loh's one-woman show, "Aliens in America", the author examines growing up in a mixed race household located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a place of hope and hospitality in post-World War 2 America. The daughter of a miserly Shanghai-born father and an optimistic German-born mother, Sandra recalls dangerous, but cheap family vacations to Ethiopia, battles with pre-adolescent bulge, awkward explorations of love and sex, and her father's search for a new wife after her mother passes away.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   general coming of age story Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Chinese    -   American (west coast) Gender/Class story?    -   immigrant story If this is a culture clash:    -   family young v. old guard Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   Chinese Nationality    -   German


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   descript. of female anat. (the big V) If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 14-16 Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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