Monday, August 5, 2019

Jean Kwok

Jean Kwok is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee, Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. An instant New York Times bestseller, Searching for Sylvie Lee was selected by Jenna Bush Hager for the Today Show Book Club, Emma Roberts for the Belletrist Book Club, O, The Oprah Magazine for its summer reading list and called “this summer’s book club sensation” by Entertainment Weekly.

Recently I asked Kwok about what she was reading. Her reply:
I’m constantly reading and there have been so many wonderful books recently. I loved Miracle Creek by Angie Kim, which is about a Korean American family who must undergo a murder trial after their medical facility explodes. It’s a wonderful combination of a suspenseful page turner and immigrant story.

I’m also reading The Summer Country by Lauren Willig, which is this sweeping, multigenerational saga set in Barbados and I’m just awed by the sheer scope of this historical novel. There’s jealousy, lies, rebellion and lost love.

Colette Sartor has a collection of short stories coming out on September 15 called Once Removed that is just stunning. It won the 2018 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

I was also fortunate enough to get an early copy of the great Gish Jen’s new novel, The Resisters, coming February 4, 2020, which is a breathtaking, moving story set in an America that is all too possible. I read it all in one gulp.

And finally, I just received the galley for My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, coming on January 28, 2020, which is the explosive story of the relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her teacher. I’m really looking forward to this one!
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The Page 69 Test: Searching for Sylvie Lee.

--Marshal Zeringue