Wuhu Diary by Emily Prager
On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China

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In 1994 an American writer named Emily Prager met her new daughter LuLu. All she knew about her was that the baby had been born in Wuhu, a city in southern China, and left near a police station in her first three days of life. Her birth mother had left a note with Lulu's western and lunar birth dates. In 1999 Emily and her daughter–now a happy, fearless four-year-old--returned to China to find out more. That journey and its discoveries unfold in this lovely, touching and sensitively observed book.

In Wuhu Diary, we follow Emily and LuLu through a country where children are doted on yet often summarily abandoned and where immense human friendliness can coexist with outbursts of state-orchestrated hostility–particularly after the U. S. accidentally bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. We see Emily unearthing precious details of her child’s past and LuLu coming to terms with who she is. The result is a book that will delight anyone interested in China, and that will move and instruct anyone who has ever adopted--or considered adopting--a child.


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About Emily Prager

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Emily Prager is the author of three novels, Clea & Zeus Divorce, Eve's Tattoo, and the recently published Roger Fishbite, as well as the acclaimed book of short stories A Visit from the Footbinder. She has been a satirical columnist for The Village Voice, The New York Observer, and The New York Times, as well as London's Guardian and Daily Telegraph. She is a literary lion of the New York Public Library. Her books have been published in England, France, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, and Israel. She teaches humor writing at New York University, and lives in Greenwich Village.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Parenting & Relationships, History. Non-fiction

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While Prager describes the city as she and Lulu go about getting to know the place—they stayed for about six weeks, and the book is structured like an extended diary—she must also explain to five-year-old Lulu what exactly they are doing there—indeed, what it means to be adopted.

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As LuLu becomes a "local," hanging out with the hotel's bellboys, chambermaids and musicians, Prager wanders the department stores and watches TV, in between futile efforts to find out more about LuLu's birthparents.

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