Saved as Draft: Stories of Self-Discovery through Letters & Notes

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Saved as Draft is a beautifully written memoir that will surely resonate with contemporary audiences.

N.D. Chan is a young immigrant woman on a journey of self-discovery.

Her mother left her in China with her grandparents to chase the “American Dream.” When Chan finally moves to the U.S., she is wary of her mother. Why is she so American? How can she afford to live in such a nice place? Chan’s mother is always working, so Chan begins to snoop through her mother’s things to satisfy her curiosity. That’s when Chan solves the mystery that is her father. Who is he? Where has he been?

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs, and relatable stories. I could identify with Chan snooping through her mother’s things, trying to see the humanity in the one who gave birth to her. I believe that her first-love story will engage Millenials and younger groups; Her diction and tone will draw in lovers of literature and more mature audiences.

Chan writes so poetically, and I found myself visualizing her life as she narrated. She discusses all the “bumps in the road” in her first relationship; she says, “I wouldn’t say our relationship is without bumps, because there were plenty of those. Bumps on the head from being clumsy when we drank too much, bumps of cocaine that I tried so hard to hide from you, and bumps in our love when we’d break up only to get back together a few days later. But I didn’t mind, because every time we’d hit a new low, our highs would be much higher.” Her combination of literal and metaphorical language make such a delightful read. Chan even makes the life insurance she and her mother inherited sound poetic.” She writes, “Even though you wouldn’t be here to see our successes, we wouldn’t have been able to do so many of the things we have done if you were never in our lives.” Such a sad but profound thought shows the depth in which Chan writes about her life. She truly explores the moments that shaped her character, and I am sure this was therapy for her, as it will be for many others.


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Author N.D. Chan
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 132 pages
Publisher FriesenPress
Publish Date 2019-08-06
ISBN 9781525535161
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Issue August 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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