Book of the Month – July 2023

Yellowface by Rebecca F Kuang

Athena Liu is a literary darling and June Hayward is literally nobody. When Athena dies in a freak accident, June steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song. But as evidence threatens June’s stolen success, she will discover exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves. What happens next is entirely everyone else’s fault...

This darkly comic thriller was a bestseller at Hay Festival 2023 and sure to entertain and enthrall readers this summer as author R.F. Kuang investigates greed, ambition, and cultural appropriation with precision and humour. 
"A thrilling piece of literary fiction that is sure to keep you engaged and wanting more" - Huffington Post

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Further reading

R. F. Kuang on Yellowface, tokenization, and constant comparison – ELLE

Rebecca F Kuang rejects idea authors should not write about other races – The Guardian

About the author

Rebecca F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, Chinese-English translator, and the Astounding Award-winning and the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Award nominated author of the Poppy War trilogy and the forthcoming Babel. Her work has won the Crawford Award and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale. 

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