First Taste: Michael X Wang reads from Lost in the Long March

First Taste: Michael X Wang reads from Lost in the Long March

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A Life of Books: Anna Qu, author of Made in China

A Life of Books: Anna Qu, author of Made in China

Anna Qu‘s memoir about her upbringing where she worked in a factory as a teenager, navigating her identity as a Chinese American, and the search for the truth about her family was first published in 2022 to glowing reviews. Kirkus called it “Gripping . . . Well written . . . Brilliantly insightful.”

Qu, whose writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Lithub, Threepenny ReviewLumina, Kartika, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and Jezebel is also a the Nonfiction Editor at Kweli Journal. She was recently awarded the 2023 BMI Shearing Fellowship.

The paperback of Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor is out now and Debutiful asked Qu to answer the recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers could get to know her better.

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10 debut books you should read this February

10 debut books you should read this February

As Biden’s Administration takes off, books coming out largely deal with the America we lived in for the past four years. The first titles coming up range from fiction exploring conspiracy theories to poverty and nonfiction tackling abuse and exploring queer culture. These ten authors are setting the tone for what books can do.

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Inside Simon Han’s suburban dreamscape

Inside Simon Han’s suburban dreamscape

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Simon Han’s debut book Nights When Nothing Happened tells you exactly what the book is about. Except, “nothing happening” is in the eye of the beholder. The novel, about a Chinese immigrant family living in Plano, Texas, is as equally quiet as it is thrilling. The project started as a short story about a young girl who begins sleepwalking that spiraled into one of the best novels of the year.

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Meng Jin explores personal and global histories in her debut ‘Little Gods’

Meng Jin explores personal and global histories in her debut ‘Little Gods’

Time, family, and memory. Those were what was on Meng Jin’s mind as she began writing her debut novel, Little Gods. These questions drove her to write a layered novel about a mother from Beijing during the Tiananmen Square protests and her daughter, living in America, decades later.

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