“Hirahara’s careful plotting and easy style help to create vibrant characters and a vivid picture of life for Japanese-Americans at a particularly difficult time.”
“There’s no magical realism in this debut novel set in multicultural London, but nevertheless a kind of magic propels this love letter to books and libraries.”
“The Chosen and the Beautiful offers up a lush glimpse of decadence and corruption, interrogating America’s dark history through the eyes of a narrator it is impossible to forget.”
In this extraordinary debut novel, Meng Jin writes about numerous themes ranging from family relations, platonic and romantic love, the pain and pleasure of memory, and escaping one’s past in order
“Bechdel is ruthlessly honest, her sharp gaze helping us see ourselves, our culture, more clearly.”
In this latest novel by Chang-rae Lee, author of the riveting and sublime A Native Speaker and A Gesture Life, we see Tiller, a slacker-millennial, a college student who has moved
It seems a shame when a story begins with the death of the protagonist, but it signals the book’s trajectory and creates a story that must be told, now, lest it be forgotten.
“To find meaning and humanity in confusing times and to convey that understanding to the reader is the ultimate gift a writer can provide.”
“Friend offers a fascinating glimpse into the realities of North Korean life.
“Thammavongsa says vital things about the immigrant experience: how refugees strive to fit in and yet retain cultural traditions; how race is entwined with class; and how family is, in the
“In the jaunty, acerbic Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu confronts the clichés that assail Asian men by going metaphorical, conflating their plight with the quintessential American d
“Expect a few cultural grace notes and agreeable potboiler antics from Beijing Payback—just don't expect something truly original.”
“The Tenth Muse reminds us of the great injustices done to women in a male-dominated world.”
“a gorgeously written novel about race, about class, about street life and gender and the ragged ways we have chosen to define them.”
“An exploration of both memory and what might have been, that at times can be quite terrifying.
It took Li Er 10 years to write this book and it shows. The story meanders along, and every time you pick up the book to read some more you have to think where you were.
Few mothers can imagine having strong enough ties with their family that they would choose to leave a daughter behind. This is that story.
“With her two Walter Mosley-like gifts—impeccable narrative pacing and masterful command of Los Angeles’ intricate, evolving dynamics of race and class—Nina Revoyr’s L.A.
“unusual and often gripping novel . . .”
“a wild ride into the unknown.”
“Uneven as it is, Family Trust need not be compared to Crazy Rich Asians in order to find an audience.
“The Court Dancer is a meditation on the social changes that force people to confront the double-edged swords of tradition and modernism.”
“Girls on the Line is a simple, potent tale of young Chinese outcasts struggling to survive amid an unforgiving landscape of industrial and rural squalor.”
The seven stories that make up this collection were originally published in China between 1987 and 1991, early in the author’s career.
“Sometimes funny, always smart and honest, Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s stories hold the reader, even as the painful truths of human lives break through.”