A Taiwanese girl, ALLISON HONG, understands––but disagrees with––her Chinese culture that conditions women and girls to silently wait for men to tell them what to do.
Unlike other typical Buddhist girls, at fifteen, Allison disobeys her father and chooses to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At twenty-one, she chooses to drop out of college to serve a mission, for which her father disowns her. After her mission, she chooses to elope with her Chinese-speaking American boyfriend, CAMERON CHASTAIN, and get married in Texas.
Sixteen months into the marriage, one day she returns home to their apartment, only to discover that in her two-hour absence, Cameron has moved out all their possessions, closed their bank account, and filed for divorce. She must learn to speak for herself, in English, to survive being abandoned in a foreign land.
Desperate for love and acceptance, Allison moves to Utah and enlists in an imaginary, unforgiving dating war against the Mormon bachelorettes at Brigham Young University.
As an immigrant in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, Allison is free to be anything she wants. So she chooses to be brave and break the Chinese cultural expectation for her to be silent.
99 Fire Hoops is the inspiring and galvanizing story of a young woman’s journey from a powerless immigrant bride to a confident woman in command of her own destiny. This book is for anyone who has struggled with gender inequality, racism, and immigrant injustice. Ultimately, it’s about a strong woman of color determined to create her own path.