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“In this fresh, frank, and tender debut, author-illustrator Gao offers a compellingly layered graphic memoir…. A multidimensional, thoroughly entertaining account of growing into queer Asian American identity.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American

Written by Laura Gao
Illustrated by Laura Gao
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

After spending her early years in Wuhan, China, riding water buffalos and devouring stinky tofu, Laura immigrates to Texas, where her hometown is as foreign as Mars—at least until 2020, when COVID-19 makes Wuhan a household name.

In Messy Roots, Laura illustrates her coming-of-age as the girl who simply wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why girls make her heart flutter.

Insightful, original, and hilarious, toggling seamlessly between past and present, China and America, Gao’s debut is a tour de force of graphic storytelling.

Primary ISBN: 9780063067776
Publication Date: March 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Graphic Novel, Graphic Memoir, Young Adult, Age 14 or older

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Setting: United States (Texas)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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