The winter months call for a good book and we have got one for you. On February 1 and 8 at 10:30 a.m. PresbyReaders will gather (in person and via Zoom) to discuss Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang. Qian Julie was born in Shijiazhuang, China. At age 7, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, with her parents. For five years thereafter, the three lived in the shadows of undocumented life in New York City. Qian Julie’s first book is a poignant literary memoir that follows the family through those years, as they grappled with poverty, manual labor in sweatshops, lack of access to medical care, and the perpetual threat of deportation.
A graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College—where she juggled classes and extracurriculars with four part-time jobs—Qian Julie is now a litigator. She wrote Beautiful Country on her iPhone, during her subway commute to and from work at a national law firm, where she was elected to partnership. Pastor Eileen will facilitate. Get the book and begin reading and invite a friend.