Lucky Girl is a story of multi-cultural adoption, identity and family relationships, written by Mei-Ling Hopgood a former Detroit Free Press reporter, born in China, and raised by her adoptive family in Taylor, Michigan. Lucky Girl is the author’s first book. Mei-Ling now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her husband and their daughter. A newspaper feature she wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the reunion with her birth family won a national award from the Asian American Journalists Association.
A public reception for the newly published memoir will happen from 5-8 PM on May 2 at Via Nove in Ferndale. This event is free and open to the public. Via Nove is located at 344 West 9 Mile Road in Ferndale.
Lucky Girl journeys into the rich Chinese culture—its magnificent sights, war-torn history, and sumptuous foods—while it reveals the personal suffering wrought by the country’s tightly-held traditions. Mei-Ling finds that although both her Chinese and American families have shaped her identity, in the end it’s up to her to figure out who she is. Hers is a tale of love and loss, frustration, hilarity, deep sadness and great discovery that helps her understand the meaning of family.