We’re spending this month appreciating memoirs and books written by Asian authors because truth be told, we should be reading books by AAPI authors all year round. From heart-warming and deeply personal memories to dystopian science fiction that transcends through the border or fiction and reality, these are the five books by Asian authors we are reading for the month of September.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Written by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, Pachinko is a historical fiction novel about a Korean family that immigrates to Japan. The book explores four generations of a poor Korean family immigrating to control their destiny. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, the family is bounded together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family and identity.
What We Carry by Maya Shanbhag Lang
In this personal memoir, Shanbhag gets intimate with her readers as she shares her relationship with her mother and conveys a deeper narrative of the legacy of family myths and how stories shared between parents and children reverberate through generations. What We Carry is a deeply moving memoir about immigrants and their native-born children, the family bond of love and the discovery of strength.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
The eighth novel by Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun is a dystopian science fiction novel that follows an Artificial Friend being sold in a store called Klara who carefully observes customers and people on the street, hoping to be chosen. In this thrilling book, Ishiguro offers a unique perspective to our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator.
A Beginning At the End by Mike Chen
A Beginning At The End is a book that hits closely to home especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, six years after a global pandemic wiped out most of the planet’s population, Mike Chen explores the hysteria of a world where people adopt “every man for himself” approach. Through endeavours of the story’s protagonist Moira, a former pop star also known as Mojo, Mike explores how the survivors work to build a new world.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Singer and guitarist of the musical project Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner’s debut book Crying in H Mart is an expansion of her essay of the same name which was published in The New Yorker in August 2018. Exploring what it means to grieve as a daughter reflect on her relationship with her late mother, she explores the life lessons she’s learned from her and the roots that bring the family together.