Factory Girl

Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley

In order to save her family’s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China. There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority (Uyghur) background. Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to help her family and ultimately her people. A workplace survival story, this gritty, poignant account focuses on a courageous teen and illuminates the value—and cost—of freedom.


Ngl I cried in the beginning where you can just feel the impending doom that will inevitably follow the merry making and happiness of the introductory wedding celebration. I actually really liked this book but – spoiler alert – the ending left me a little empty. In other fictional stories the heroes gain victory, or you know victory is achievable. In this book… everything is still left in the air. We get a little personal victory, and the promise of fight, but it is a little too close to reality for my liking. I need to know what happens next! How does it all end!? But I suppose that is why this book is important – it gives an all-too-real story of what is happening to Uyghur people right now.  We are still in the middle of our struggle against oppression. However, although this book is necessary, I hope in the future we can write fantastical books with Uyghur characters winning their fights. Just to give a little spirit and hope to the kids (and me). But again, great book overall!


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