A review by justabookholic
Beautiful Country: A Memoir, by Qian Julie Wang


A candid and powerful memoir which captured the hardships, sacrifices, and hopes of an undocumented family, living in poverty in a country of overt excess. This is a story with little joy and stark realities, Wang crafts a harsh duality of having so little in America while being surrounded by those who have so much more; more food, more wealth, and more comfort. I would not characterize this to be a happy read, although the book ends on a more hopeful note, this was an emotionally heavy book and I don't think it is inaccurate to categorize this as a book about trauma and fear. That being said, I do think that this is a must read as it gives one inherently important glimpse into those who come here and fall into the gaps while they try to reach the American Dream.