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Ursula, under : a novel
Ingrid Hill
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From Publishers' Weekly:

The story of a little girl who falls down an abandoned mineshaft is layered with tales of her ancestors in China, Finland and Michigan in Ingrid Hill's first novel, a jumbled, ambitious effort. Ursula, Under begins when Justin and Annie Wong take their two-year-old daughter, Ursula, on a picnic near an old mine. Her disappearance sets in motion a desperate rescue effort, the account of which is periodically interrupted by Hill's elaborate forays into the past. Unwieldy but inventive, this is a promising debut. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In her remarkably meaty first novel, set in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula, Hill blends a present-day drama with epic tales of ancestry. In the main story, tiny Ursula Wong child of a librarian left handicapped by a hit-and-run driver and a Chinese American musician and gutter installer whose father took off when he was a child falls into an abandoned mine shaft. Among the various chapters on her frantic rescue, Hill intersperses perilous heritage tales, which range from second-century China, where we meet an alchemist relative, to eighth-century Finland, where Ursula's great-great-grandfather perishes in a mine cave-in. Hill's mosaic-like telling underlies the impact of Ursula's plight and her parents' anguish, finally leading the reader to an understanding of the unique value of each individual. This should do well in public libraries; warmly recommended. Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Justin's wife.

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Chinese American

Ursula Wong
Age: 2
Mixed race
Annie and Justin's daughter.

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