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Love in the Big City

Centering on relationships (or the lack thereof), this work offers readers honest characterizations of flawed individuals from different walks of life who are all looking to find contentment regardless of their circumstances. Park’s writing is introspective and relatable, and the broad-ranging themes make this a good candidate for book group discussions.


While the plot appears to be highly dramatic, Lo’s writing is far from it. The contemplative narrative has some merit in addressing relationships between fathers and sons, including Lo’s role as a father to his own son, but the prose is often flat and meandering

Ghost Forest

Reminiscent of Amy Tan’s early work but more sparely written, this fluid and deeply touching novel -- sprinkled throughout with Chinese onomatopoeia and proverbs -- will be appreciated by readers drawn to stories of families, relationships, and identity.


Hard Like Water

Though not for general readers, this is a must-read for those familiar with Yan’s writing. His liberal use of double entendre may also appeal to readers interested in historical fiction about this period of China’s history.


The Startup Wife

Drawing on aspects of the author’s life, this tech-oriented novel offers readers a glimpse of the challenges of creating and running a startup. Anam brings the issue of gender equality in work and relationships to the forefront of the narrative. With a mention of the current pandemic woven into the story, Anam’s modern tale has plenty of talking points that will make it a good selection for book groups.


Swimming Back to Trout River

Hard to put down, this beautifully written novel is filled with optimism; its characters each seek to do their best under the circumstances and make decisions leading to a better future. Feng makes her mark in this promising debut, and she successfully weaves in several unexpected plot twists as the narrative unfolds, leaving readers to long for a sequel.

Gold Diggers

A fast-paced, well-crafted story about what it means to be both Indian and American that will likely be appreciated by readers who enjoyed the dark and mysterious elements of Jean Kwok’s Searching for Sylvie Lee, Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, and Susie Yang’s White Ivy.

Land of Big Numbers

Told in a straightforward journalist’s style, Chen’s stories are filled with individuals facing hardships of varying degrees, with no happy endings to be found She delves into the human psyche to ponder just how far individuals will go tolerate duress. Not light reading, but this collection may be of interest to those looking for book group titles addressing the challenges of finding success, happiness, love, and contentment.

A Lover’s Discourse

This beautifully told and gently introspective story of a young couple touches upon a host of relatable topics, from cultural and generational differences to socioeconomical perceptions and relationship issues between genders. Readers will have much to ponder, and book groups especially will appreciate.


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