Shirley Quan

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The Starlet and the Spy

Unique in its setting, mid-1950s Korea newly split by communism after two devastating wars, this brief novel will be appreciated by readers who enjoy historical context and/or strong female protagonists. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Kwok’s tightly woven novel is an emotional and thrilling page-turner that also provides insight into her Asian culture. A major change of pace for Kwok; readers who enjoyed the work of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl should appreciate. [See Prepub Alert, 12/16/18.]

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The Tenth Muse

Though perhaps too tidy and underdeveloped, this work has merit and will appeal to individuals looking for a breezy summer read over more realistic fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]

Miracle Creek

With touches of mystery, legal thriller, and character-driven storytelling, where nothing is ever quite as it seems, Kim's promising debut will certainly have readers looking forward to her next offering. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]
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The Far Field

Narrating Shalini's journey in chapters that alternate between past and present and utilizing strong characterizations throughout, Vijay has crafted an engaging, suspenseful, and impressive debut. [See Prepub Alert, 7/9/18.]
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The Kinship of Secrets

Though the ending seems a bit rushed, as the sisters go off to college and enter their twenties, Kim is a true storyteller, and her latest work is engaging throughout. Readers who enjoy family sagas by Lisa See and Jamie Ford will appreciate this one. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]
PREMIUM

The Kinship of Secrets

Though the ending seems a bit rushed, as the sisters go off to college and enter their twenties, Kim is a true storyteller, and her latest work is engaging throughout. Readers who enjoy family sagas by Lisa See and Jamie Ford will appreciate this one. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]
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A River of Stars

Overall, an entertaining read best for those who don't mind overly tidy and farfetched fairy tale-like endings. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18.]
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If You Leave Me

Readers who enjoy novels by Jamie Ford and Lisa See will surely appreciate Kim's first work. Filled with brave personalities of all ages and character-driven story lines that are emotionally gripping, this sensitive and hauntingly written novel will easily leave readers wanting more. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/18.]

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