Front Desk

Set in the early 1990’s, ten-year-old Mia Tang’s Chinese immigrant parents have been hired to manage a California motel, and envision bright times ahead.  Despite their tireless and exhausting efforts, however, the mean-spirited owner of the place exploits their hard work. Mia, who has taken charge of the front desk, becomes a key part of her family’s compassionate determination to help those in worse straits than themselves.  Determined to become a writer despite her mother’s assertion that Mia will never really be proficient in English, Mia produces creatively forged letters to help the victims of injustice the family is sheltering at the motel at the risk of losing their jobs. Based on the experiences of the author, this story is one of the power of hope and determination in the face of overwhelming obstacles.  

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