Here at Magnolia, we focus on finding stories that need telling. Whether it’s the complications of preserving the uniqueness of your own identity, proving you’re just as sane as everybody else, or finding a voice, we jump at the chance to provide these stories, these characters, their time in the spotlight. With Allison Hong Merrill’s Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops, it was a no-brainer; we need from the first sentence this book had to be told.
At nineteen, Alexandria leaves Taipai and elopes to Texas with an American visiting Tawain doing missionary work in the 1990's. But all Alexandria's new husband wanted really wanted was a starter wife.
From immigrant wife to refugee, Alexandria is left homeless and penniless, forced to navigate a new country, culture, and language alone. Desperate for love and acceptance, she moves to Utah and attends Brigham Young University. There, Alexandria gets involved in an imaginary and unforgiving dating war where the rules don't make sense and winning isn't what she thought it would be.
Pitched as Crazy Rich Asians meets A Thousand Splendid Suns, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops explores gender inequality and immigration issues through the eyes of one woman who turns from immigrant wife to abandoned refugee without self-confidence, self-sufficiency, or even a voice in the U.S.
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About the Author:
Allison was born and raised in Taiwan and immigrated to the U.S. at age twenty-two. She has her BA in Chinese Teaching from Brigham Young University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She writes both fiction and nonfiction in both Chinese and English. Her work won Grand Prize in the MAST People of Earth writing contest, first place in the Segullah Journal writing contest, Honorable Mention in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest writing contest, among others. Her previous publishing credits include the Life Story Anthology(Taipei, Taiwan), the Ensign Magazine, the Liahona Magazine, Flying South Literary Magazine, Dialogue Journal, Pigeon Pages, and LDS Beta Reader Mind Game Anthology. Allison is also a model and an actress. She lives in Utah with her husband and their three sons.