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In 2018, I accidentally on purpose only read fiction by Asian & Asian American authors (using the term broadly to include people identifying as having East Asian, Central Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander backgrounds; this year's list did not include any South Asian authors, although if that's what you're specifically looking for I have suggestions from my 2019 and 2017-and-before lists). They span genres and target age range, and maybe you'll find something in here for a holiday weekend beach read or the last few days of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In no particular order:
  • The Arrival, by Shaun Tan (wordless picture book about immigration in a fictional world)
  • Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng (adult fiction; suburban families, class, being adapted for Hulu)
  • The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui (graphic novel/memoir about immigration and family and probably my #1 top pick on this list)
  • The Bone People, by Keri Hulme (adult fiction and 1985 Booker Prize winner about love, family, isolation, and culture in New Zealand)
  • My Name is Red, by Orhan Pahuk (1998 novel by Nobel prize winner about miniaturists in the 16th century Ottoman Empire; there's a murder and lots of philosophy)
  • The Sun is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon (YA fiction about race, young love, immigration, and a very fateful single day in the lives of its protagonists; also an upcoming movie)
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (middle grades fantasy adventure novel)
  • Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, by Jomny Sun (I don't really know how to categorize this except that it's beautiful and heartreading and hilarious which you already know if you follow @jonnysun on Twitter)
  • Front Desk, by Kelly Yang (middle grades novel about an immigrant family running a hotel)
  • Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata (adult fiction about, well, a woman who works in a convenience store)
  • In the Country, by Mia Alvar (gutwrenching fictional short stories in the context of the global Filipinx diaspora)
  • The Leavers, by Lisa Ko (adult fiction; immigration, deportation, and motherhood)
  • A River of Stars, by Vanessa Hua (adult fiction, also about immigration, motherhood, and identity; I read this and The Leavers in close succession and they were an astonishing pair)
  • Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto (does this count as a novella? themes include death, coping with grief, gender, and defying societal norms)

And, if you have recommendations for this year's list (thanks, Becky, for suggesting The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung, which is math-y as a bonus and on my library request list), let me know!
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