“A Place for Mei Lin” by Harlan Hague

In A Place for Mei Lin, a man who is emotionally bereft rescues a young Chinese woman forced into prostitution, but it soon becomes clear that she is the key to his reawakening. In Harlan Hague’s hands, a story that could become melodramatic and clichéd, instead is rendered with authority and simplicity. A Place for Mei Lin is a love story, but it is also a microcosm of the hardships suffered by Chinese women in the American West and a vindication of their resilience. It is a compelling read. Winner of the 2017 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award in the category of Western Romance.