Winner of the inaugural 2040 Books Contest, Chau’s debut collection of stories is a fresh, haunting look at the lives of second-generation Chinese-Americans. Set primarily in California and New York, but ranging as far as Paris, these pieces feature independent, even defiant, characters working through the constraints and gifts of heritage, memory, and desire to forge their own unique identities. With a background in art history, translation from French and Chinese, bookselling, and programming and editing work for literary non-profits like 826LA and Poets & Writers, Chau has a wide range to pull from in her inventive storytelling, and it shows throughout her wonderful sentences.
Few writers can upend readers’ expectations quite like Cristina Rivera Garza. Born in Mexico and now Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Houston, she is a prolific author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry – the only writer to be twice awarded the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for women writing in Spanish. Her latest novel recounts a female ex-detective’s search for a couple who has fled to the ends of the earth. Hired by the former husband of one of the missing pair who received a cryptic message from his ex-wife, the investigator, accompanied by a translator, embarks on a snow-bound journey that recalls the enchanted landscapes of fairy tales and delivers something infinitely strange and rich.
(This book cannot be returned.)