The blog Largehearted Boy has a recurring series in which he asks writers to compile a playlist of songs to accompany their books. The latest installment of Book Notes takes us from Detroit to Taipei with Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of Lucky Girl. Hopwood's memoir recounts her youth with her adopted Midwestern family and her meeting with her Taiwanese birth family. Hopgood tells LHB, "My quest to get to know my biological family quickly turned into both a tragic and hilarious soap opera I couldn't have scripted, with a cast of characters that include a father hell-bent on having a son; a mother torn by his will; six Taiwanese sisters enduring the psychological scars that could have been mine; a sister raised by a family in Switzerland and the tragic boy adopted as an attempt to create a male heir."
Lucky Girl is in the store now. Mei-Ling Hopgood will be at the Children’s Home Society, 1605 Eustis St., St. Paul, Saturday, May 9, at 3:00pm. Details are on our events page.--David E