This July has many wonderful books that shall be releasing, specifically books that are authored by Asians! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you are probably pretty aware of the fact that Asian literature is my favourite kind of literature to read, followed closely by speculative fiction. It fills my heart with such warmth and giddiness, even if the narratives are less than happy-go-lucky.
As such, today I wanted to share with you my three most-anticipated releases of Asian literature for the month! (I originally came across the master list of Asian literature releases over on Lit CelebrAsian. Please pay them a visit for wonderful content on Asian books and authors.) This was very difficult to compose as I wanted to add every title to the list. Nevertheless, in an effort to keep my book-buying reigned it, I forced myself to limit my choices! Along with the title and author, I have listed the genre, a brief synopsis, and a link to the book’s Amazon page (no affiliation). Check them out and add something new to your ever-growing to-be-read list too!
The Great Flowing River: A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan by Chi Pang-Yuan
The Great Flowing River is an #OwnVoices non-fiction autobiography that tells the tale of the author’s life from her youth in mainland China and her adulthood spent in Taiwan. It is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the war between China and Japan. Chi shares her time as a kid that was spent in pre-Occupation Manchuria and provides eyewitness accounts of how things changed drastically in China as their war with Japan began. There’s romance, exploration of the political climate, and details on how she grew to become an educator, scholar, and promoter of Chinese literature.
What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
What We Were Promised is an #OwnVoices adult contemporary, Chinese fiction novel that follows the Zhen family as they move back to China from America after chasing the American dream. Upon settling into a luxuriously serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who’ve returned to this radically transformed city. Each member of the family has their own personal struggle, whether it’s the inner strife from being in an arranged marriage, the guilt and humiliation that comes from not having a nobler professional occupation, or an unmarried woman who’s trying to create a space for herself in a society where that is severely frowned upon—within the backdrop of a post-Maoist modern Shanghai.
An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel by Thea Lim
An Ocean of Minutes is written by a Singaporean female author and is a speculative fiction story that follows Frank and Polly. Frank catches the virus from the deadly flu pandemic that is plaguing America, and his girlfriend, Polly, will do whatever she can to save his life, such as agreeing to a radical plan of time travelling to thwart the virus. She signs up for the one-way-trip into the future and promises to meet Frank again in Texas where she will arrive in 12-years. However, things go horribly wrong as Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, with Frank nowhere to be found. Alone in a changed and divided America, Polly must learn to navigate her new life while trying to find her way back to the man that she loves.
I am super excited for An Ocean of Minutes the most because it sounds like it will be an intense page-turner of a book, which I’m a sucker for. Do any of these sound good to you? What are some of your most-anticipated new book releases?