Kevin Kwan’s New “Lies and Weddings”
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by Meg
2w ago
Lies and Weddings, by Kevin Kwan, contains the same kind of frothy lifestyle fun as the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. Basically everyone in this novel is constantly wearing something beautiful and constantly eating something delicious. There’s social climbing, secret relationships, deep love, manipulation, huge financial secrets, and inner discoveries, with nods to classic British novels. […] The post Kevin Kwan’s New “Lies and Weddings” appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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More Murder, More Secrets, and More Delicious Indonesian Food in ‘The New Girl’
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by Meg
2w ago
Jesse Q Sutanto is back with more secrets, more murder, and more delicious Indonesian food in The New Girl. Teenage track star Lia Setiawan gets a scholarship to an upscale prep school, and quickly discovers Draycott Academy is full of typical mean rich girls, nasty teachers, and the intense pressure to keep her scholarship.   There’s […] The post More Murder, More Secrets, and More Delicious Indonesian Food in ‘The New Girl’ appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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Yellowface
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by Meg
2w ago
In Yellowface, by R. F. Kuang,  unsuccessful writer Juniper Hayward ends up with the only copy of an almost-finished manuscript of her much more successful writer friend, Athena Liu, and this propels a tense and observant thriller about talent, identity and stereotypes. I absolutely loved the whole idea of a stolen manuscript propelling a thriller […] The post Yellowface appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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White Ivy: What Did I Just Read?!?!?!?!
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by Meg
2w ago
What did I just read? What even is this?! And I mean that in the best way. White Ivy by Susie Yang is kind of a thriller, with theft, dark secrets, extortion, and murder. But it’s also kind of a manners novel, commenting on class and new money and old money. And it’s kind of […] The post White Ivy: What Did I Just Read?!?!?!?! appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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“The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom” by John Pomfret
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by Meg
2w ago
A rare non-fiction post on The Fiction Addiction! I was interested in The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom, by John Pomfret, because I’d really enjoyed Chinese Lessons, his narrative nonfiction look at the stories of five classmates and how their lives show greater changes in Chinese life. The “beautiful country” of the title is […] The post “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom” by John Pomfret appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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Lunar Love: Chinese Zodiac RomCom
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by Meg
2w ago
I was going to find some 2023 CNY decor for this one, but it turns out the theme of the book is about enjoying and respecting the Chinese zodiac while not being completely locked into the rules… so here’s my tiger year tea caddy and my ox year journal. Thematically perfect. Lunar Love, by Lauren […] The post Lunar Love: Chinese Zodiac RomCom appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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Going Home Again in “Central Places”
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by Meg
2w ago
In Delia Cai’s new novel, Central Places, Audrey Zhou is newly engaged and bringing her white fiancé, Ben, home to meet her parents in Hickory Grove, a small town in rural Illinois.  Audrey’s kept her NYC life and her small-town, immigrant upbringing entirely separate so far, creating a relatable set of worries. When Audrey is […] The post Going Home Again in “Central Places” appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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The Beijing Ghost of “If You Could See The Sun”
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by Meg
2w ago
If You Could See The Sun, by Ann Liang, uses a supernatural invisibility power to tell a moving, realistic story about class, money, and adolescence in Beijing. When teenage “Study Machine” Alice Sun discovers her invisibility power, she immediately puts it to use to earn money to pay her exorbitant school fees.  She’ll do favors […] The post The Beijing Ghost of “If You Could See The Sun” appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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Last Tang Standing, by Lauren Ho
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by Meg
2w ago
In Last Tang Standing, by Lauren Ho, Andrea's in her thirties, and she's just split up with her long-term boyfriend. Still-single-in-her-thirties could be a stressful premise for an American heroine, but with a Singaporean Chinese family after her to get married, it's disaster for poor Andrea. The post Last Tang Standing, by Lauren Ho appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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Aunty Lee’s Delights
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by Meg
2w ago
I’m not sure how I discovered Aunty Lee’s Delights: A Singaporean Mystery, by Ovidia Yu, but, you guys, what a great find. Aunty Lee is a caterer, making delicious Peranakan snacks and meals, when she’s not getting involved in other people’s lives. Aunty Lee’s a yenta, although being Singaporean, she would say kaypoh instead. The […] The post Aunty Lee’s Delights appeared first on The Fiction Addiction ..read more
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