Title Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety
Author Ann Y.K. Choi
Genre Literary fiction
Language English
Time 1985 – 1992
Place Downtown Toronto, Canada
Publication May 2016 (hardcover); March 2017 (paperback), Simon & Schuster Canada
Pages 288
Protagonist Mary Yu-Rhee Hwang
POV First person
Main conflict Mary struggles to reconcile her mother’s immigrant dreams and expectations with her own desire to write and be “Canadian”
Themes Immigration, Racism, Coming of Age, Identity, Mental Illness, Love, Family, Friendship, Adjusting to life in Canada, Parental expectations, Betrayal, Sacrifices
Tone Serious, contemplative
Symbols The family store, Mary’s blue scarf, coins, plants, birds, origami swans