Fiction

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Family Trust

In Family Trust, Kathy Wang introduces readers to the Huangs, a Chinese family living in Silicon Valley and struggling to achieve the ever-elusive American dream. It's a novel that deals with cultural identity as well as the complicated bonds between family members, and I'm very glad I read it. F ...

D
Funny Boy

When I heard of Shyam Selvadurai’s novel Funny Boy, it went to the top of my TBR pile. A boy who grows up during the ethnic unrest of the ‘80s in Sri Lanka, and gradually realizes he’s gay? Plus, he migrates to Canada? I’m straight and female, but otherwise, I could relate. Warning : spoiler ...

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The Silence of the Girls

I've been interested in mythology since I first started learning about it back in high school, and I've always been particularly fascinated by stories that center around the Trojan Wars. I've read several wonderful accounts over the years and I'm always looking for another one to sweep me away, so I ...

B+
Housegirl

House Girl has been nominated for the Edinburgh First Book Award and is listed as one of The Observer's "New Faces of Fiction"; one of The Millions' "Most Anticipated Books of the Year" ; one of The Guardian's "Best Summer Books" and one of Library Journal's "Books to Anticipate." It's safe to say ...

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Heartbreaker

Claudia Dey’s punchy, surprising and rather intensely unique Heartbreaker takes a look at the life of Pony Darlene Fontaine, who must go on a rather enormous and heroic quest to discover what’s happened to her mother, Billie Jean. Dissatisfied with her conscripted life and possibly feeling su ...

B+
If You Leave Me

Set during the Korean War and the years beyond it, Crystal Hana Kim’s If You Leave Me explores both the split between duty and romantic desire and the way choices can echo through the generations for years to come. Lee Haemi is a sixteen year old refugee from South Korea living in a camp by the ...

B
Fruit of the Drunken Tree

A rich girl, poor girl account of late twentieth century Colombia, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a staggering emotional journey through the destruction of life in a time of war. It will give you a new perspective on why some people risk it all to come to America. Someone you’ve never met can dom ...

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What We Were Promised

What We Were Promised is both a look at life in modern day China and an observation on the unchanging nature of humanity. “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” John Donne told us. This book shows that as a universal truth. After year ...

B
MacBeth

The Hogarth Press has conducted a bit of a grand experiment recently, asking eight currently publishing authors to reimagine some of Shakespeare’s works. Margaret Atwood tackled The Tempest in her most recent work Hag Seed, Jeannette Waterson interpreted A Winter’s Tale, and Jo Nesbø has given ...

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Number One Chinese Restaurant

It’s been over forty years since Marlon Brando uttered the words, “I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse” but Number One Chinese Restaurant proves that not everyone took that warning to heart. When our story begins, Uncle Pang is eating at The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, ...