Suresh, Bindu, 1983- author
Grand in scope, spare in execution, and lush in language, 26 Knots is a fable-like tale of love, obsession, and everything in between. Araceli loves Adrien. Adrien loves Pénélope. Pénélope marries Gabriel, who is tormented by the search for the father he never knew. Set in Montreal, but spiralling out across Canada, Bindu Suresh's debut novel deftly reveals the devastating consequences of betrayal and commitment, of grief and hope.
Chang, Kristin, author
One evening, Ma tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman's body, named Hu Gu Po. She hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterwards, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt leaves red on everything she touches; another aunt arrives with eels in her belly. All the while, Daughter is falling for her neighbour, a girl named Ben with mysterious powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother's letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies an old Taiwanese myth--and that she will have to bring her family's secrets to light in order to change their destiny.
Spanning over fifty years, the fates of three women will lock together in an exhilarating series of nested narratives. Each new character and timeline brings us one step closer to understanding what binds the three women together. Written with wit, ambition, and playfulness, this novel takes us from sweaty nightclubs to ramshackle zoos, colonial mansions to ex-pat flats, sizzling back-alley street carts to the noisy seats of motorbikes. Author of "The Frangipani Hotel."
Set in 1944 Chicago, twenty-year-old Aki Ito and her parents have just been released from Manzanar, where they have been detained by the US government since the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. On the eve of the Ito family's reunion, Aki's older sister Rose is killed by a subway train. Officials are ruling Rose's death a suicide. Aki's instinct tells her there is much more to the story, and she knows she is the only person who could ever learn the truth. Author of "Hiroshima Boy." Print run 75,000.
Chang, Alexandra, 1988- author.
"As a staff writer at a prestigious tech publication, the twenty-four-year-old narrator of Days of Distraction spends her days reporting on the achievements of smug Silicon Valley billionaires, while her own request to get a raise gets bumped from manager to manager. When her longtime boyfriend, J, decides to move to upstate New York for grad school, she agrees to follow him, hoping to make a grand gesture of commitment and reshape her sense of self. But in the process, she finds herself facing misgivings about her role in an interracial relationship. Captivated by the stories of her ancestors and other Asian Americans in history, she must confront a question at the core of her identity: How do you exist in a society that does not notice or understand you?"--Provided by publisher.
How do you grieve, if your family doesn't talk about feelings? This is the question the unnamed protagonist considers after her father dies. As she revisits memories of her father throughout the years, she struggles with unresolved questions and misunderstandings. Turning to her mother and grandmother for answers, she discovers her own life refracted brightly in theirs. Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Jalaluddin, Uzma, author.
When Hana's mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana's growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival halal restaurant - who might not be a complete stranger after all. As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be.
Thammavongsa, Souvankham, 1978- author
In her stunning debut, Souvankham Thammavongsa captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city, illuminating hopes, disappointments, love affairs, and above all, the pursuit of a place to belong. An ex-boxer turned nail salon worker falls for a pair of immaculate hands; a mother and daughter harvest earthworms in the middle of the night; a country music-obsessed housewife abandons her family for fantasy; and a young girl's love for her father transcends language. Uncannily and intimately observed, written with prose of exceptional precision, the stories in How to Pronounce Knife speak of modern location and dislocation, revealing lives lived in the embrace of isolation and severed history - but not without joy, humour, resilience, and constant wonder at the workings of the world.
In 2006, Julia Lerner, a recent university graduate in computer science, is recruited by Russia's largest intelligence agency. By 2018 she's in Silicon Valley as COO of Tangerine, one of America's most famous technology companies. In between her executive management, she funnels intelligence back to the motherland. But now Russia's asking for more, and Julia's getting nervous. Alice Lu is slogging away in the lower echelons of Tangerine when she discovers some unusual activity. The closer Alice gets to Julia, the more Julia questions her own loyalties. Author of "Family Trust." Print run 100,000.
Cho, Nam-ju, 1978- author
Kim Ji-young is the most common name for Korean women born in the 1980s. Kim Ji-young is representative of her generation. Kim Ji-young is depressed. Kim Ji-young has started acting out. Kim Ji-young is her own woman. Kim Ji-young is insane. Kim Ji-young is sent by her husband to a psychiatrist. This is his clinical assessment of the everywoman in contemporary Korea.
Shin, Ann, author
Jin and Suja meet and fall in love while studying at university in Pyongyang. She is a young journalist from a prominent family, while he is from a small village of little means. Outside the school, North Korea has fallen under great political upheaval, plunged into chaos and famine. When Jin returns home to find his family starving, their food rations all but gone, he makes a rash decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, miles away, Suja has begun to feel the tenuousness of her privilege when she learns that Jin has disappeared. Risking everything, and defying her family, Suja sets out to find him, embarking on a dangerous journey that leads her into a dark criminal underbelly and tests their love and will to survive.
Chang, Janie, 1960- author
China, 1937: When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates at Minghua University are ordered to flee. Lian and a convoy of more than a hundred students, faculty, and staff must walk a thousand miles to the safety of China's western provinces, a journey marred by hunger, cold, and the constant threat of aerial attack. And it is not just the student refugees who are at risk: Lian and her classmates have been entrusted with a priceless treasure, a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends. Her family's past has made Lian wary of forming attachments, but the students' common duty to safeguard the Library of Legends forms unexpected bonds. Lian finds friendship and a cautious romance with the handsome and wealthy Liu Shaoming. But after one classmate is murdered and another arrested, Lian realizes she must escape from the convoy before a family secret puts her in danger.
Tsao, Tiffany, author
Growing up in a wealthy, eminent, and sometimes deceitful family, sisters Gwendolyn and Estella have relied on each other for support and confidence. But now Gwendolyn is lying in a coma, the sole survivor of Estella's poisoning of their whole clan. Travelling from the luxurious world of the rich and powerful in Indonesia to the most spectacular shows at Paris Fashion Week, from the sunny coasts of California to the melting pot of Melbourne's university scene, this is a haunting and deeply evocative novel about the dark secrets that can build a family empire - and also bring it crashing down.
Tan, Eddy Boudel.
When his mother dies, Sebastien becomes obsessed with finding his father - who abandoned his pregnant mother thirty years ago. The father he's never met is Kostas, the commanding officer of a luxury liner sailing the Mediterranean. Posing as a member of the ship's crew, Sebastien stalks his unwitting father in search of answers as to why he disappeared so many years ago. Sebastien uncovers something his father has hidden deep within the belly of the ship - a disturbing secret that will force him to confront everything he's always wondered and feared about his own identity. Residence: Vancouver, B.C.
Van der Vliet Oloomi, Azareen.
It's summer when Arezu, an Iranian American teenager, goes to Spain to meet her estranged father. He never shows up, instead sending her a weekly allowance, care of his step-nephew, Omar, a forty-year-old Lebanese man. As the weeks progress, Arezu is drawn into a mercurial, charged, and ultimately catastrophic affair with Omar, a relationship that shatters her just at the cusp of adulthood. Two decades later, Arezu returns with her best friend, Ellie to excavate the place and finally put to words a trauma she's long held in silence. Author of "Call Me Zebra." Print run 30,000.
It's the spring of 1969, henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her protégé Malik to intern at the Facilities Office of the Jaipur Royal Palace. Power and money still move seamlessly among the wealthy class, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinema's balcony tragically collapses on opening night, blame is placed where it is convenient. But Malik suspects something far darker and sets out to uncover the truth. As a former street child, he always knew to keep his own counsel - it's a lesson that will serve him as he untangles a web of lies. Print run 150,000.
In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. When the Zhu family's eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. But when a bandit attacks the family, Zhu Chongba succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, Zhu's sister uses her brother's identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother's abandoned greatness. Print run 125,000.
Shraya, Vivek, 1981- author
Everyone talks about falling in love, but falling in friendship can be just as captivating. When Neela Devaki's song is covered by internet-famous artist Rukmini, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins. But as Rukmini's star rises and Neela's stagnates, jealousy and self-doubt creep in. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, one career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the centre of an internet firestorm.
Feng, Linda Rui.
In the summer of 1986 in a small Chinese village, ten-year-old Junie receives a momentous letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago: her father promises to return home and collect her by her twelfth birthday. What Junie doesn't know is that her parents, Momo and Cassia, are newly estranged from one another in their adopted country. In order for Momo to fulfill his promise, he must make one last desperate attempt to reunite all three members of the family before Junie's birthday - even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light. Residence: Toronto, ON.
Khan, Adnan, 1987- author
Omar Ali receives a phone call from his ex-girlfriend's father. He informs Omar that Anna has committed suicide. As he unravels in his grief, Omar gets involved in break-ins, online terrorism, deals with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and loses his best friend as he becomes less recognizable.
When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. But with time, Huong realizes she will never see her husband again. As they push forward, the three adapt to life in America in different ways: Huong takes up with a Vietnamese car salesman; Tuan tries to connect with his heritage by joining a local Vietnamese gang; and Binh, now going by Ben, embraces his adopted homeland and his burgeoning sexuality. Their search for identity - as individuals and as a family - threatens to tear them apart.
Butler, Lyn Liao.
Lexa Thomas has never quite fit in. Having grown up in a family of blondes, she's neither white enough nor Asian enough. When her estranged father dies unexpectedly, Lexa is faced with the choice to return to Taiwan and claim her place in her heritage - or leave her Taiwanese family to lose their home for good. As the truth of the last fateful summer in Taiwan slowly unfolds, Lexa must stand up for herself and open her heart to family and love, or allow the repercussions of her family's choices to forever dictate the path of her life.