America is in the Heart

So, where do I begin to review a seminal work such as Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart (1943)? When I got my hands on an advanced review copy of the Penguin Classics edition, I had recently finished reading AIH in preparation for my PhD exam. The library copy I had borrowed for that…

Lalani of the Distant Sea

Erin Entrada Kelly’s books have been on my “to read” list for a while. So, I was thrilled when she came out with a new middle grade fiction this fall, Lalani of the Distant Sea (2019). “Imagine a place where the binty sing. An island far in the north, where they raise their heads like…

Girls of Paper and Fire

A British Chinese Malaysian author Natasha Ngan’s third book and her first venture into fantasy was one of my recent finds in flash ebook deals. I have been on a YA SFF streak during summer. So, I was certainly in the mood for more action-packed books. To my surprise, Girls of Paper and Fire was…

Bone

According to Fae Myenne Ng, bones, papers, and stories, those are what hold together a Chinese immigrant family – Leila, Ona, Nina, Leon, Mah, and Grandpa Leong – based in San Francisco more than blood. Published in 1993, Ng’s novel, Bone, follows a circular narrative that revolves around the death of Ona, the middle daughter of…

Ignite the Stars

Maura Milan’s Ignite the Stars (2018) came to me as a gift with a glowing review. So, I saved it for a day when I could just immerse myself in a fictional world without being disturbed. After having been buried in a pile of books that are compelling but heavy on the heart for a…

Ocean of Minutes

Ocean of Minutes is another brilliant debut by an Asian North American author that came out last year. Thea Lim brings in an added twist to a now familiar structure of an outbreak narrative by introducing the element of time travel. What I immediately found interesting was that Lim chose to explore an alternate version…

Severance

My review of Ling Ma’s Severance is intentionally short though it is one of my top picks for books read in 2018. Sometimes, I find that it is difficult to disentangle my thoughts from a text that I have been working with for a relatively long time. So, I am sticking to the basics in…