It feels so glad to be back in the swing of things now that it’s the new year. I feel a lot more invigorated and fresh-eyed than in 2017, when everything was tragically political, bursting with ignorance and injustice. I’m hoping, for better or worse, to make a massive habit-change in reading more often like I once did before to keep away from the news as much as possible. Which, ironically, is impossible considering I have to be “online” literally every single day to earn a living.
Still, as always, I’m hopeful for a light at the end of the tunnel.
This month, I received an amazing ARC of a forthcoming anthology bursting with new and returning Asian and Asian American voices that I am enjoying. I’m also working on getting back into the groove of reading fast-paced suspense, thrillers, and mysteries.
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Go Home!, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Synopsis: Asian diasporic writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong.
Thoughts: Currently reading this one thanks to Jisu Kim over at Feminist Press, who was kind enough to provide me an early e-galley after my excessive lauding. As anticipated, it is everything I knew it would be (so far): beautiful, emotion-gushing, sentimental. I can’t escape these narratives, they are haunting. Can’t wait for everyone else to get the chance to read it once it hits shelves this March.