A Quote from What I'm Reading: "An-Ya and her Diary"
"An-Ya and her Diary" is a fiction novel that is composed of several short stories written as a diary. The author, Diane Rene Christian , is an award-winning short story author and adoptive mother. " An-Ya and her Diary " captures the thoughts of a 10-year-old Chinese-American adoptee about her life in an orphanage, her surrender by her Chinese mother, her adoption, and her adjustment to life in the U.S. An-Ya was found as a baby inside a box with only a red journal and her name. Her journal became her beloved companion. An-Ya's blank, red diary was a symbol of the mother she could not remember. While An-Ya writes each entry to her journal, "Penny," her first mother is the subconscious addressee of each note. An-Ya writes to preserve her past that connects her with her mother and her present reality which her first mother can't share with her.