• The cover of the book Home Remedies

    Home Remedies

    Xuan Juliana Wang was born in Heilongjiang, China, and moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. Her debut short story collection, Home Remedies, takes place in both the U.S. and China, with characters that embody a new generation of Chinese youth. These stories turn the immigrant narrative on its head, imbuing it with the culture and verisimilitude of the young.

     
  • The cover of the book East Goes West

    East Goes West

    Younghill Kang has been called the father of Korean American literature and this re-publication of his 1937 classic needs to be read. It centers on Chungpa Han, who flees Japanese-occupied Korea to make a life in the United States in the 1920s. He arrives in New York with only four dollars in his pocket and a suitcase full of Shakespeare and has to fend for himself while at the same time witnessing the greed and racism of his new homeland.

     
  • The cover of the book A River of Stars

    A River of Stars

    This powerful meditation on immigration and motherhood follows Scarlett Chen, pregnant with her boss’s baby, who has left China to live in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles in order to give birth on American soil. But when she finds out something life-altering, she goes on the run to San Francisco’s Chinatown, along with Daisy, an insouciant, expectant teen, to protect her child and herself.

     
  • The cover of the book Exhalation

    Exhalation

    Ted Chiang’s parents moved to Taiwan during the Chinese Communist Revolution before settling in the United States, where the author was later born. In his new short story collection, he combines science fiction with age-old questions, so alternate universes and aliens are paired with life’s ponderances in a stunning combination.

     
  • The cover of the book The People in the Trees

    The People in the Trees

    You may have already read the bestselling (and heartbreaking) novel A Little Life, but I urge you to go back to Yanagihara’s first novel. The novel centers on Dr. Abraham Norton Perina, who, as the doctor on an anthropological mission, embarks on a voyage to a remote chain of islands called U’ivu. On the island is a lost tribe whose people have been gifted with eternal life, though through further research, Perina eventually exploits and endangers the tribespeople—and himself.

     
  • The cover of the book The Bride Test

    The Bride Test

    Helen Hoang’s second romance novel is just as irresistible as her first. Due to his autism, Khai Diep doesn’t process emotions like other people. He either feels really flat, or flies off the handle at tiny things. While he avoids relationships, his mother would like to see him married, so she goes back to Vietnam to find a suitable bride. When Esme Tran sees her chance to escape life in Ho Chi Minh City, she takes it, but seducing Khai proves to be way tougher than she thought.

     
  • The cover of the book The Hollow of Fear

    The Hollow of Fear

    Sherry Thomas is so skilled at writing historical mysteries that you’d never guess that English is the author’s second language. The Hollow of Fear is part of the Lady Sherlock series and in this book, we follow Charlotte Holmes as she investigates a murder and a disappearance, both of which point back to the same culprit.

     
  • The cover of the book Forgotten Country

    Forgotten Country

    Before Janie’s sister, Hannah, is born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, and Janie is told to keep Hannah safe. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie goes to find her, confronting her family’s painful past along the way. Catherine Chung’s novel weaves in Korean folklore with a modern-day identity story to create a beautiful result.

     
  • The cover of the book The True Queen

    The True Queen

    The heroines of Zen Cho’s novel, The True Queen, are sisters, Muna and Sakti, who awaken on a beach with no memories of their past. They realize they’ve been cursed as Sakti begins to fade away, causing Muna to go to distant Britain to an academy that trains women in magic. To save her sister, Muna must navigate British society and trick English magicians into thinking she’s a magical prodigy.

     
  • The cover of the book The Surrendered

    The Surrendered

    June Han was orphaned as a young girl by the Korean War. Hector Brennan escaped small-town life to join the army. When the war ends, the two meet at a Korean orphanage and find themselves each fighting for the attentions of Sylvie Tanner, a missionary in charge of the orphanage. This gorgeous novel of love and war, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, will make you ache—in a good way.