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The Conjoined

Jen Sookfong Lee's novel is about a social worker who discovers the bodies of two foster girls.

Jen Sookfong Lee

On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother's belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother's chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver's Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers and Jessica herself assumed they had run away.

As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother. The complicated truths she uncovers force her to take stock of own life. (From ECW Press)

Author interviews

Jen Sookfong Lee on two books by immigrant women: Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me by Lorina Mapa; Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li 8:43

Jen Sookfong Lee on her novel about race, class and family relationships, particularly motherhood. 17:56
Jen Sookfong Lee on feminist fiction 10:41


 

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