Asha Lemmie finds links to the present by exploring the past in Fifty Words For Rain

Asha Lemmie finds links to the present by exploring the past in Fifty Words For Rain

Asha Lemmie‘s historical fiction Fifty Words For Rain is an expansive exploration into a woman’s coming of age in post-World War II Japan. She takes readers into a world and lets them play there while mistakes are made, secrets are revealed, and desires are tempted. The book itself is like a sibling to Lemmie. She started it in high school and grew up with it. There was no MFA or workshops. Just a decade of perseverance chasing a teenage dream.

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Digital Book Tour – Jessica Pearce Rotondi, What We Inherit

Digital Book Tour – Jessica Pearce Rotondi, What We Inherit

With so many author tours being canceled, Debutiful has invited any author who had events canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 to do a reading and a brief interview as part of the Digital Book Tour podcast series.

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Digital Book Tour – Rachel Vorona Cote, Too Much

Digital Book Tour – Rachel Vorona Cote, Too Much

With so many author tours being canceled, Debutiful has invited any author who had events canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 to do a reading and a brief interview as part of the Digital Book Tour podcast series.

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Digital Book Tour – Michael Zapata, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

Digital Book Tour – Michael Zapata, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

With so many author tours being canceled, Debutiful has invited any author who had events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus to do a reading and a brief interview as part of the Digital Book Tour podcast series.

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Podcast Episode 01: Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of ‘The Third Rainbow Girl’

Podcast Episode 01: Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of ‘The Third Rainbow Girl’

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The official first episode (after the supersized ‘pilot’ that featured four authors) features Emma Copley Eisenberg. Her debut book is called The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia.

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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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Pitchaya Sudbanthad on the culture and history in ‘Bangkok Wakes to Rain’

Pitchaya Sudbanthad on the culture and history in ‘Bangkok Wakes to Rain’

In his debut novel, Bangkok Wakes to Rain, Pitchaya Sudbanthad threads together woven stories set in his birthplace to piece together a reveal a history reaching back in time to the near future.

Though the author was born in Thailand, he was raised in Saudi Arabia as well as America, all of which influenced his writing. His desire to write about Bangkok stems from his yearly visits there where he has an intimate understanding of the city but still feels like a visitor every time.

The novel’s many narratives include an American doctor nearly a century ago, a Thai photographer in the 1970s living in Los Angeles, and a Thai restauranter living working in Japan. These characters, and more, all reveal the beautifully rich interworkings of the city’s politics, neighborhoods, and relationships.

I spoke with the author about crafting his debut novel, how place influenced his work, and Thailand’s cultural exports.

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