Anna Qu with Melissa Febos

Anna Qu’s intense debut book, Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor (Catapult), is at once a memoir of Anna Qu being made to do serious child labor at a garment factory in Queens, and a chronicle of estrangement, bureaucratic bungling, and a quest to come to terms with family, life, and worth - worth in multiple senses.

Made In China is a sympathetic, brave portrayal of the confusions, difficulties, and hurts that come with growing up between worlds. Anna Qu’s writing about her journey as an immigrant deftly shows how our origins—of economic status, of country—have lasting effects on the ways we approach family, work, and self. I was captivated and moved by her story.” —Alexandra Chang.

Made in China is a fierce, provocative look at the sacrifices made by immigrants in a new country, and the sacrifices they pass down to the next generation. It’s a story of family and trauma, resilience and collapse, and Qu is dazzling as she dismantles the mythologies surrounding the immigrant work ethic, making clear that a person’s humanity should never be connected with how ‘productive’ they are.” —Kristin Iversen, Refinery29.

Joining Anna Qu in conversation will be Melissa Febos, whose books are Whip Smart, Abandon Me and this year’s Girlhood - which has been going into many reader hands here.

Event Registration


Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor Cover Image
By Anna Qu
ISBN: 9781646220342
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - August 3rd, 2021

Staff Pick Badge
Girlhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635572520
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 6:00pm
Author Image: 
Custom Book Image: