A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I heard (at ALA) about these places in the US, where wealthy Chinese could come and give birth so their children would have American citizenship. Perfume Bay is one of those places, but it's a little less than what the brochures promise. And Scarlett and Daisy are a little less than the usual "client", being unmarried (and poor - Scarlett - or young - Daisy). Their unlikely friendship after they manage to escape, the life they manage to eke out and the challenges and fears they face is both inspiring and horrific to anyone unaware that this is, in fact, what can happen here in America. Luckily, there's a happy ending! And Mama Fang is a great character, worthy of her own book.
ARC provided by publisher.