Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American (Hardcover)

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By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
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Messy Roots is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt, and deeply engaging story of their journey to find themself--as an American, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, as a queer person, and as a Wuhanese American in the middle of a pandemic.”—Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream

After spending her early years in Wuhan, China, riding water buffalos and devouring stinky tofu, Laura immigrates to Texas, where her hometown is as foreign as Mars—at least until 2020, when COVID-19 makes Wuhan a household name.

In Messy Roots, Laura illustrates her coming-of-age as the girl who simply wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why girls make her heart flutter.

Insightful, original, and hilarious, toggling seamlessly between past and present, China and America, Gao’s debut is a tour de force of graphic storytelling.

About the Author


Laura Gao is a comic artist and bread lover currently living in San Francisco. Laura’s art career began by doodling on Pokémon cards and has since blossomed to be featured on NPR, HuffPost, and, most notably, her parents’ fridge. She is a proud queer Asian American immigrant and strives to inspire others to live unapologetically loud. Laura’s pronouns are she/they. Say hello and send her bakery recommendations at www.lauragao.com.



Laura Gao is a comic artist and bread lover currently living in San Francisco. Laura’s art career began by doodling on Pokémon cards and has since blossomed to be featured on NPR, HuffPost, and, most notably, her parents’ fridge. She is a proud queer Asian American immigrant and strives to inspire others to live unapologetically loud. Laura’s pronouns are she/they. Say hello and send her bakery recommendations at www.lauragao.com.

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Messy Roots is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt and deeply engaging story of their journey to find themself--as an American, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, as a queer person and as a Wuhanese American in the middle of a pandemic. Through hilarious inner dialogue, videogaming references and fun explainers, Gao effortlessly brings readers into their world.” 
— Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream

Messy Roots is funny, intimate, absorbing, and deeply moving. What a gift to have this peek into Laura Gao’s memories, in all their sweetness and complexity.” 
— Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Kate in Waiting

"Finding ourselves can be messy, but Laura Gao tells her story of self-discovery with honest and vulnerable beauty."
— Mike Curato, Lambda Award-winning author of Flamer

Messy Roots surprised me in all the best ways. It’s a book that will stay with you for a long time to come.”
— Tillie Walden, author of On a Sunbeam


Product Details
ISBN: 9780063067776
ISBN-10: 0063067773
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English

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