Jan 7, 2023

Chinese Asian American Authors: Literary Fiction

 


The Book of Goose

by September 20th 2022 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: friendship fiction, literary fiction 

Fabienne is dead. Her childhood best friend, Agnès, receives the news in America, far from the French countryside where the two girls were raised—the place that Fabienne helped Agnès escape ten years ago. Now Agnès is free to tell her story.
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The Book of Goose is a haunting story of friendship, art, exploitation, and memory by the celebrated author Yiyun Li.

See my full review on Goodreads.

Yellowface

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"the practice of white actors changing their appearance with makeup in order to play East Asian characters in moviesplays, etc." from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

64 comments:

  1. There's only one copy of The Book of Goose in my library system for our entire county (!) and I'm waiting and waiting for it to finally come in for me. The author will be in Houston on January 23, so I hope I get a chance to read it before then.

    Li will be coming with another Asian-American author, Matthew Salesses. Salesses is the author of The Sense of Wonder.

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    1. I have never heard of Salesses, but will look him up. How lucky that you will get to hear Li and Salesses both! Good luck with finding a copy of The Book of Goose.

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  2. Wow, haunting sounds like a good description of The Book of Goose!

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  3. Four Treasures of the Sky looks really interesting. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend. - Katie

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading it too. Thanks for the visit.

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  4. The titles of these books are so lyrical. I haven't read any of these, but they sound wonderful. I am adding them to my reading lists, especially the Book of Goose. Thanks for visiting my blog also.

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    1. I just borrowed the ebook of Book of Goose for faster reading.

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  5. These all look good. I'll be looking forward to your reviews!

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    1. I already reviewed Yellowface on goodreads.

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  6. I like the sound of the first one. I'm looking for authors to try as I discover more Chinese and Japanese literature.

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    1. Yiyun Li is well known. I hope you will like the book.

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  7. Oo The Book of Goose sounds wonderful.

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  8. Our book group that focuses on books about race in America is working to expand from our traditional black and white viewpoints. These look like good starting points for us.

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  9. While all of these books are new to me, some do sounds like interesting reads. I hope you finds some great books this year.

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    1. I hope so too. Thanks to the library, social media and NetGalley!

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  10. I haven't heard of any of these books, but they do sound interesting. You always find intriguing books. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks to my library which has up to date books on show, I manage to find good ones!

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  11. I have all of R.F. Kuang's books on my TBR! Looks like I need to get to some of them this year. The Book of the Goose looks really good too.

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    1. I don't normally read fantasy but since Kuang is such a good writer with a fantastic imagination, I might just try her series.

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  12. I already had Yellowface on my list and have added the other two - they sound SO good. I'm eager to broaden my author choices this year and these look like a good start. Thanks for stopping by.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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    1. I'm concentrating on Asian authors the first part of this year, also being more inclusive in what I read.

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  13. I love all the covers! I've never heard of these books before.

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  14. These look good, especially Four Treasures of the Sky. Happy reading!

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  15. I'm planning to read The Book of Goose this year. I've seen it on a lot of year-end lists.

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  16. The Book of the Goose sounds good and I've seen Four Treasures of the Sky around. Hope you enjoy them! Thanks for the follow on Instagram! I followed back. :)

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  17. I don't know any of these books but I hope you enjoy them!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  18. All of these are new to me, but I hope you enjoy reading them!

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading

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  19. Yellowface is incredible! I had an ARC and it's been one of my best reads of 2022.

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  20. All intriguing covers. I hope you enjoy them!
    Mary @Bookfan

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  21. I was curious about Yellowface because my guess is Kuang wrote it before Babel, and her success with that means whatever else she has written is now hot property and so this was picked up. It certainly sounds interesting. The last book I read by an Asian American author was Counterfeit by Kirsten Chen but I can recommend two Asian Australian authors - Tracey Lien and Alice Pung.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. I think Babel is fantasy and sci fi, and this is a totally different genre. A bit of satire and a look at contemporary publishing. Kuang seems to know a bit about the world of publishing, this book shows

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  22. I want to read Yellowface! It has such a refreshing and intriguing premise and I'm sure it's a book fit for discussions.

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  23. I haven't read any of these but they sound interesting. And I love the cover of Four Treasures of The Sky.

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  24. Interesting choices with Chinese emphasis. I hope you enjoy them all!

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    1. Sorry - missed that Google didn't recognize me. It's MarthaE

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    2. I'm seeing more and more Chinese authors and am getting to know their work. Some are literary fiction, others are rom coms, etc.

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  25. The cover of Yellowface is eye catching, but has so many unsavory connotations.

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  26. Interesting! I don't know any Chinese-American authors but I do have a friend who is Japanese-American and she writes in a few different genres. Here is her website - Naomi Hirahara
    https://www.naomihirahara.com/books/
    Also, my first review of the year is up. Happy reading!
    http://www.lyndonperrywriter.com/2023/01/first-review-of-year-mystery.html

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    1. I'm finding some really good Chinese authors in different genres: fantasy, sci fi, literary fiction, romances, contemporary fiction, historical fiction. Worth looking into. I have also read Hirahara's books.

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  27. The Book of Goose looks very good. I will add it to my list. One Chinese-Canadian is Linda Rui Feng whose debut novel Swimming Back to Trout River is one I liked.

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    1. Will look up Linda Rui Feng. I've seen her book around.

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  28. My favorite Chinese author is Cixin Liu, amazing author of scifi, but I'm afraid he's well-known - at least in China, he's the most popular author of scifi there I believe.
    I'm actually currently reading another popular Chinese author, Qiu Xiaolong (though he writes in English). The first volume in the series is Death of a Red Herone. really liking it so far.

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  29. Yellow Face reminds me of all the authors claiming to be Indigenous.
    I read a lot of Children's fiction, so I would have to say my favourite author is Grace Lin. I've read other Chinese authors, but her work resonates most for me.

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    1. Must look up Grace Lin, as am not familiar with her work.

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  30. They both look good, and I really want to try that second one

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