The night I watch Athena Liu die, we're celebrating her TV deal with Netflix. [opening of Yellowface]
Now that opening has caught my attention! Yellowface by R.F. Kuang is next up on my TBR pile, and I am excited to finally be able to start it.
Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars: same year at Yale, same debut year in publishing. But Athena's a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn't even get a paperback release. Nobody wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.
So when June witnesses Athena's death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena's just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I.
So what if June edits Athena's novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song--complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn't this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That's what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.
But June can't get away from Athena's shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June's (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.
With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface takes on questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation not only in the publishing industry but the persistent erasure of Asian-American voices and history by Western white society. R. F. Kuang's novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable. [Goodreads Summary]
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Have you ever become disoriented in a bookstore? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
When visiting a bookstore for the first time, I may take a moment to orient myself to what type of books are where, but disoriented? No, I cannot say that I have been.
Sometimes when I am shopping for books online or in bookstores, I get sidetracked by interesting looking books that weren't initially on my radar--now that's a fun rabbit hole to go down! While maybe not disorienting, I can lose track of time. Does that count?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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