Posted on 08/28/2018 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When we think of pregnancy homes, we think of the 1950s when unmarried teens “visited an aunt” until the baby could be whisked away.

Vanessa Hua’s debut novel, A River of Stars, upends that image.

The San Francisco Chronicle columnist has imagined a modern-day version in which pregnant women from China are sent to give birth in the United States, giving their babies "the most precious gift of all": U.S. citizenship.

Her lead characters, though, have a bad feeling about what happens to them afterwards and flee the facility.

“I've been calling it a pregnant Thelma & Louise,” Hua joked to Weekend Edition’s Scott Simon.

Listen to the whole interview below or read segment highlights on NPR’s website.

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