Inscribed first printing of this YA romance, about a Korean-American girl facing everyday racism in her Minnesota high school while her relationship with a white classmate blossoms.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
FINDING MY VOICE
"[P]rovides a skillful portrait of the intricacies of first love, while still addressing (and not sugar-coating) the realities faced by an Asian American teenager." – Gabrielle Moss
According to Gabrielle Moss, FINDING MY VOICE is "the first teen novel released by a major publisher with a contemporary Asian American protagonist by an Asian American author." In the YA market of the 1980s and 1990s, stories featuring teenage people of color as protagonists were primarily historical novels. Lee had a difficult time selling this book, which bluntly describes the racism faced by her contemporary heroine as the daughter of Korean immigrants. "I think a lot of people found the very bald treatment of race in FINDING MY VOICE to be off-putting," Lee noted about the rejections the novel received before publication. It was nevertheless well reviewed, with popularity bolstered by librarian word of mouth, and is now considered an important YA milestone.
Read more: Moss, Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. 8'' x 5.25''. Original quarter purple cloth, grey paper boards, silver-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($13.95) purple pictorial dust jacket with art by Joanne Pendola. , 165,  pages. Inscribed by Lee: "___ / you're the greatest! / Love, / Marie Lee" with her red-stamped seal on the half title. Shallow rubbing to jacket extremities.
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