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Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops

Author: Allison Hong Merrill
Genre: Non Fiction - Memoir
Publisher: She Writes Press
Date Published: September 21, 2021
ISBN-10: 1647421896
ISBN-13: 978-1647421892


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About :   Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops

ALLISON HONG isn’t a typical fifteen-year-old Taiwanese girl. Unwilling to bend to the conditioning of her Chinese culture, which demands that women submit to men’s will, she disobeys her father’s demand to stay in their faith tradition, Buddhism, and instead joins the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Six years later, she drops out of college to serve a mission––a decision for which her father disowns her.

After serving her mission in Taiwan, Allison marries her Chinese-speaking American boyfriend, CAMERON CHASTAIN. But just over a year later, Allison returns home to their Texas apartment and is shocked to discover that Cameron has taken all their money, moved out, and filed for divorce. Desperate for love and acceptance, Allison moves to Utah and enlists in an unforgiving dating war of her own making, pitting her against the bachelorettes at Brigham Young University. It doesn’t take long before she realizes the rules she’s made up don’t make sense—and winning isn’t what she thought it would be.

NINETY-NINE FIRE HOOPS is for anyone who has struggled with gender inequality, racism, and immigrant injustice. Ultimately, it’s about a strong woman of color determined to create her own path.


About Allison Hong Merrill

Allison Hong Merrill was born and raised in Taiwan and arrived in the U.S. at twenty-two as a university student. That�s when she realized her school English wasn�t much help when asking for directions on the street or opening a bank account. By recording each of the classes she took��including physical education��and reviewing the tape every night for a year, she eventually learned English well enough to earn an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. But please excuse her if she misuses the verb tenses or mixes up the genders in third-person pronouns when she speaks. It�s no secret��English is a hard language to learn. Allison is an editor at Dialogue Journal. She writes in both Chinese and English, both fiction and creative nonfiction, which means she spends a lot of time looking up words on She�s a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work has won both national and international awards, including National Championship in the 2010 Life Story Writing Competition in Taipei, Taiwan and the Grand Prize in the 2019 MAST People of Earth writing contest. She�s the inaugural winner of Sandra Carpenter Prize for Creative Nonfiction, first-place winner of the 2019 Segullah Journal writing contest, and first-place winner of 2020 Opossum flash contest, and many more. Her memoir, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops, was released in September 2021 and continues to receive literary awards. Visit her at, where you can sign up for her extremely short monthly email.

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