PositiveLibrary JournalAsha\'s voice carries the novel; readers will follow eagerly as she grapples with her and Jules\'s decision to have Cyrus serve as the face of the company while she works nonstop behind the scenes to create and sell it ... Drawing on aspects of the author\'s life, this tech-oriented novel offers readers a glimpse of the challenges of creating and running a startup. Anam brings the issue of gender equality in work and relationships to the forefront of the narrative. With a mention of the current pandemic woven into the story, Anam\'s modern tale has plenty of talking points that will make it a good selection for book groups.
Yan Lianke tr. Carlos Rojas
RaveLibrary JournalFilled with snippets of political propaganda, Yan’s book displays the degree of risk one may be willing to undertake, and the hardships one may endure, when striving to overcome oppression with hopes of personal gain. It’s a story of lust and greed, with a degree of tediousness in the repetition and number of passages about Aijun and Hongmei’s desire for each other, as well as all the political references. The plot is far-fetched at times; at others, it’s horrifyingly realistic with violence ... Though not for general readers, this is a must-read for those familiar with Yan’s writing. His liberal use of double entendre may also appeal to readers interested in historical fiction about this period of China’s history.
Linda Rui Feng
PositiveLibrary Journal... an emotional work focused on relationships and filled with love, hope, and determination, but also heartbreak ... Hard to put down, this beautifully written novel is filled with optimism; its characters each seek to do their best under the circumstances and make decisions leading to a better future. Feng makes her mark in this promising debut, and she successfully weaves in several unexpected plot twists as the narrative unfolds, leaving readers to long for a sequel.
PositiveLibrary JournalExploring the many meanings of the clever title, this multilayered work looks at the history of Indians in America since the gold rush, the matrimonial prospects of gold diggers, and the ethical ramifications of stealing gold for use in alchemy, even to help a loved one ... A fast-paced, well-crafted story about what it means to be both Indian and American
PositiveLibrary JournalTold in a straightforward journalist’s style, Chen’s stories are filled with individuals facing hardships of varying degrees, with no happy endings to be found. Not light reading, but this collection may be of interest to those looking for book group titles addressing the challenges of finding success, happiness, love, and contentment.
RaveLibrary JournalWhat begins as a story of a young woman\'s struggles to assimilate quickly becomes a much darker tale of love, lies, and obsession, in which there are no boundaries to finding the fulfillment of one\'s own dreams. Yang\'s skill in creating surprising, even shocking plot twists will leave readers breathless.
PositiveLibrary JournalThis beautifully told and gently introspective story of a young couple touches upon a host of relatable topics, from cultural and generational differences to socioeconomical perceptions and relationship issues between genders. Readers will have much to ponder, and book groups especially will appreciate.
Quế Mai Phan Nguyễn
RaveLibrary JournalAn engrossing story of family, adversity, war, loss, and triumph ... Recalling Min Jin Lee and Lisa See, Nguyen displays a lush and captivating storyteller’s gift as she effortlessly transports readers to another world, leaving them wishing for more. This may be Nguyen’s first novel published here, but one can only hope it will not be the last.
PositiveLibrary JournalDoshi follows up her first novel, Pleasure Seekers, with a beautiful tale of family, love, and acceptance ... In dreamlike writing that overflows with emotion, Doshi investigates culture, caste, politics, and ethics, as Grace struggles to bring some semblance of meaning to her life. Sure to be popular with book clubs and readers who appreciate getting caught up in a work that transports them beyond borders.
RaveLibrary Journal... deftly translated ... Well-developed plotlines help readers easily unravel the complex puzzle of why Saeed and Palestine left home and why he has been prohibited from returning until now ... Though gently told, this story has great depth and is broadly appealing, allowing readers to consider how the smallest actions, linked to the power of the written word, can adversely affect the future.
PositiveLibrary JournalContaining minimal dialog, this work is rich in descriptive detail that some readers will enjoy, though others who prefer more character-driven interaction may be daunted. Nevertheless, those who follow the work through to the end will discover three fascinating women whose stories clarify the life of a man just as remarkable in his time.
Ji-min Lee, Trans. by Chi-Young Kim
PositiveLibrary Journal... a lush tale of historical fiction ... Using the interaction between two women from vastly different walks of life, [Lee] forms connections between them and weaves a story that contains elements of despair, whimsy, and surprise ... Unique in its setting, mid-1950s Korea newly split by communism after two devastating wars, this brief novel will be appreciated by readers who enjoy historical context and/or strong female protagonists.
PositiveLibrary JournalReality and illusion collide in this mythic, fluidly written work, which will appeal to readers who will appreciate being carried along by Ghosh’s imaginative prose and occasionally disconnected story lines.
MixedLibrary JournalChung\'s development of key characters is strong, her light prose flows easily throughout, and she successfully represents a young woman attempting to find her identity and stand out in a field dominated by men. Yet while the narrative is engaging, the plotlines run in varied directions as the mysteries behind Katherine\'s heritage start to unfold, and Katherine\'s voice could have been stronger and more inspirational ... Though perhaps too tidy and underdeveloped, this work has merit and will appeal to individuals looking for a breezy summer read over more realistic fiction.
PositiveLibrary Journal... intriguing and gripping ... Kwok’s tightly woven novel is an emotional and thrilling page-turner that also provides insight into her Asian culture. A major change of pace for Kwok; readers who enjoyed the work of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl should appreciate.
PositiveLibrary Journal...heartfelt ... Though the ending seems a bit rushed, as the sisters go off to college and enter their twenties, Kim is a true storyteller, and her latest work is engaging throughout. Readers who enjoy family sagas by Lisa See and Jamie Ford will appreciate this one.
MixedLibrary Journal...an intriguing plot filled with twists and turns showing how the two women fare on the run with their limited visas, abetted by luck and ingenuity. Hua\'s characterization is strong and engaging and her writing highly descriptive, likely the result of her journalistic background. Yet while the story opens with a lot of promise, it becomes progressively less realistic as plotlines and characters wander off in various directions with results more akin to a comical screenplay ... Overall, an entertaining read best for those who don\'t mind overly tidy and farfetched fairy tale-like endings.
RaveLibrary JournalAs in her previous novel, Yanagihara fearlessly broaches difficult topics while simultaneously creating an environment that her audience will find caring and sensitive. Not all readers will embrace this work, given its intense subject. However, for those strong of stomach or bold enough to follow the characters\' road of friendship, this heartbreaking story certainly won\'t be easily forgotten.