Fall is the perfect time for staying indoors on cool evenings and snuggling up with a book. Might we suggest one of these new releases by Asian Pacific American authors?
“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
Amazon’s favorite author of 2014 rose to fame with “Everything I Never Told You.” “Little Fires Everywhere” follows a typical suburban neighborhood that’s upended when a mother and her daughter move in and upset the status quo.
“An Excess Male” by Maggie Shen King
Protagonist Wei-guo just wants to find love in Maggie Shen King’s debut novel about an imaginary future in which China’s one-child policy leaves 40 million unmarried men scrambling to find wives, while women are allowed to take second and third husbands.
“Young Jane Young” by Gabrielle Zevin
After getting embroiled in a political sex scandal, protagonist Aviva Grossman is forced to change her name and more elsewhere to escape the aftermath. Years later, she decides to continue chasing her ambitions by running for public office, but people, including her daughter, are starting to connect the dots and discover who she really is.
“The Copenhagen Affair” by Amulya Malladi
After Sanya experiences a nervous breakdown at work, her husband comes with the creative solution of moving to Copenhagen, the capital city of the “happiest country on earth.” As a dark-skinned Indian American, Sanya finds that blending in with all the blonde heads is tricky, but one man in particular catches her attention, and she begins an affair.
“Mis(h)adra” by Iasmin Omar Ata
If you’re more of a graphic novel person, try this partially autobiographical story by Iasmin Omara Ata. Being a college student is tough enough, but for Arab American teen Isaac, epilepsy makes day-to-day life even more difficult to manage.
“Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir” by Amy Tan
Chinese American author Amy Tan unveils the secrets of her past life in this emotive and intimate memoir. Best known for penning contemporary classics such as “The Joy Luck Club,” Tan turns her literary lens on herself and her own life as she explores how and why she became a writer.
What’s on your list this fall?