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Yolk

by Mary Choi

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Yolk by Mary Choi
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    Mar 2021, 400 pages

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An impassioned but leisurely coming-of-age story about illness, secrets and the struggle to build and preserve an identity.

Mary H.K. Choi's young adult offering Yolk deftly maintains several plotlines running through the life of main character Jayne, a Korean American college student in New York City. Jayne's older sister, June, learns she has uterine cancer, and the question of whether she will recover lingers over the course of the novel. In order to pay for her treatment, recently unemployed June adopts Jayne's identity so she can use her sister's school medical insurance — a narrative touch that critiques the American healthcare system, adds a minor thriller element to the story, and leads the reader to wonder whether June will be caught in an act that, however necessary, constitutes a crime. Along with this secret, June wishes to keep her illness from the girls' parents entirely. Beneath the central current of the plot lies Jayne's continual struggle with an eating disorder, as well as her ...

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