Yellowface / R. F. Kuang.
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4 current holds with 2 total copies.
|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Crookston Public Library||KUA (Text)||33500013793278||New||On holds shelf||-|
|Hawley Public Library||KUA (Text)||33500013793286||New||Checked out||06/16/2023|
- ISBN: 9780063250833
- ISBN: 0063250837
- Physical Description: 323 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 
- Copyright: ©2023
What's the harm in a pseudonym? Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn't write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American--in this chilling and hilariously cutting novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author R. F. Kuang in the vein of White Ivy and The Other Black Girl. Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars: same year at Yale, same debut year in publishing. But Athena's a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn't even get a paperback release. Nobody wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks. So when June witnesses Athena's death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena's just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I. So what if June edits Athena's novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song--complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn't this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That's what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree. But June can't get away from Athena's shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June's (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface takes on questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation not only in the publishing industry but the persistent erasure of Asian-American voices and history by Western white society. R. F. Kuang's novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 April #1
*Starred Review* Ever since they met at Yale as freshmen, June Hayward has watched Athena Liu grow into a writer and best-selling author, while June can barely get publishers to look twice at her debut. When Athena dies in a freak incident, June finds and rewrites her friend's unpublished manuscript about Chinese laborers, passing it off as her own under the racially ambiguous pen name, Juniper Song. The book receives rave reviews, and June skyrockets to the best-seller list, much to the joy of her publishers and literary agent. The public loves Juniper Song. But things quickly spiral downward when accusations of plagiarism arise on social media, and June can't stop seeing Athena's ghost haunting her wherever she goes. When her new status is threatened, though, June realizes she will do whatever it takes to stay at the top. In a moment when racial equity and diversity are constant buzzwords, Kuang (The Poppy War, 2018) illustrates the pernicious and codependent relationship between the empowered and the oppressed and explores how one cannot exist without the other. Her magnificent novel uses satire to shine a light on systemic racial discrimination and the truth that often hides behind the twisted narratives constructed by those in power. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.
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