Some Great Novels by Female Asian Authors Part 2
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
The author’s family fled Vietnam in the 1970s when they went to the U.S. as refugees. In this upsetting yet optimistic graphic novel, the author details her family history and shows just what an uneasy journey they head from one home to a new one.
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Min Jin Lee’s name is recognisable from her huge novel from 2017, Pachinko. Her first novel, however, was released 10 years earlier. Free Food for Millionaires tells the story of a young Princeton grad Casey Han, who was the daughter of Korean immigrant parents, making her way through life in the Big Apple.
In the Country by Mia Alvar
This book features nine stories, with Filipino diaspora members in each, taking the reader from the Philippines to the Middle East to New York. The collection was met with critical acclaim, including winning the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
These short stories from Jenny Zhang, a poet from Shanghai, tell tales of young Chinese immigrants, along withdaughters of immigrants, in the Big Apple in the 1990s. Zhang does a great job of capturing the thoughts and the spirit of young girls, and her characters, at times, surface in unpredictable ways.
Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre bu Lios-Ann Yamanaka
The book features four novellas of a poetic nature, using Hawaiian Pidgin (Hawaii’s third language). The author, who primarily did most of her writing in the 1990s and 2000s, was given much praise in how she dealt with the interaction between the future of her home state of Hawaii and Asian immigrants. This was her very first book.
What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
After living in America and now returning to their home country of China, the Zhen family are now considered to be among China’s elite, with a fancy apartment. However, when Lina, a wife and mother, discovers that her treasured ivory bracelet has gone missing, the whole family becomes uneasy, which threatens to ruin them forever.
If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
At just 16 years of age, Haemi Lee is facing a great deal of pain when a North Korean communist army invades her home. After surviving a refugee camp with her mother and brother, she starts her own family. Past feelings she has for a friend, however, will always have her wondering what might have been, leaving her with some hard choices to make.
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
When those around them begin to lose their memories and shadows while gaining new powers, the married couple of Ory and Max flee to the woods where they stay in a hotel and hope to remain safe. When Max loses her shadow, however, she attempts to keep her distance from Ory. A determined and loyal Ory promises not to give up on her, no matter the consequences.