Last week I received a surprise e-mail from a reader that was most gratifying. Writers do not hear how their books are received by the vast majority of their readers (which might be a good thing), but when you learn of a positive impact of your book, it makes the drudgery part of writing worthwhile after all.
"Thank you for your research ...I read "Chopsticks in The Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers" and felt I had found a missing piece of history. My mother was born in the late 1930s and raised in Greenville, Mississippi... Your book gave me the opportunity to read about my family, although a bit indirectly. My mother, as well as all of her family, moved to California. She had been very hesitant to talk about life growing up... She told me stories here and there, but now I understand where they fit into her life overall. I always wondered what it was like in the segregated South,... I can now picture what (her) life must have been like."