VELDA: An American Fairy Tale

By R. S. Hems

Women's fiction | eBook


Life is finally looking up for forty-two-year-old Velda, the underachiever in the Wu family of wunderkinds. Her supervisor is recommending her for a promotion in the law firm where she's been a paralegal—and she's finally met someone who loves her for who she is. But such good fortune is not her fate, as her mother, the formidable Dora Wu, keeps telling her. Dora has never supported Velda's efforts, continually undermining her daughter by reminding her of an old Chinese fortuneteller’s grim predictions. Set in Oakland, California, this is the story of two strong individuals—a middle-aged woman and her mother—and the conflict that ensues when two different cultures and generations intersect. A distinctly American fairy tale, Velda is about a woman who struggles to overcome obstacles from her past and her present, an ordinary woman who dares to believe in her own happily ever after.


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Life is finally looking up for forty-two-year-old Velda, the underachiever in the Wu family of wunderkinds. Her supervisor is recommending her for a promotion in the law firm where she's been a paralegal—and she's finally met someone who loves her for who she is. But such good fortune is not her fate, as her mother, the formidable Dora Wu, keeps telling her. Dora has never supported Velda's efforts, continually undermining her daughter by reminding her of an old Chinese fortuneteller’s grim predictions. Set in Oakland, California, this is the story of two strong individuals—a middle-aged woman and her mother—and the conflict that ensues when two different cultures and generations intersect. A distinctly American fairy tale, Velda is about a woman who struggles to overcome obstacles ...


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When R. S. Hems resigned from her full-time job to raise her two children, she discovered a love of writing fiction that elucidates Asian-American life. She derives inspiration from long hikes and from her memories of growing up in a Chinese-American household in Los Angeles. While writing, she jams to eighties music, especially to the Back Street Boys.




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