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Kirstin Chen

K I R S T I N   C H E N  is the author of the novels Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Electric Literature, The Millions, Book Bub, and The Rumpus, and Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O, The Oprah Magazine “book to pick up now,” and a Glamour book club pick. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore, and has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her short stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, Hobart, Pank, and the Best New Singaporean Short Stories, among others. She holds an MFA from Emerson College and a BA from Stanford University. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently resides in San Francisco, where she is working on a novel about the counterfeit handbag trade.

Genres: Mystery, Historical, General Fiction

Kirstin Chen recommends
The Map of Salt and Stars (2018)
Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar and Zeyn Joukhadar
"The Map of Salt and Stars is the sweeping, thrillingly ambitious tale of Nour, Rawiya, and their parallel searches for home. In twin narratives that unfold eight hundred years apart, Joukhadar captures the unrelenting courage of those who persist amid the trials of exile. A truly remarkable debut."
The Trailing Spouse (2018)
Jo Furniss
"From the very first sexy, sinister, and all-out thrilling chapter, The Trailing Spouse grabs you by the collar and never lets go. Against the glittering backdrop of contemporary Singapore, Furniss’s expat characters navigate their adopted home—and, at times, their adopted identities—searching for answers amid the darkness that lines even the shiniest of places. This is a mesmerizing domestic thriller that both terrifies and enchants."
Darling Rose Gold (2020)
Stephanie Wrobel
"More than a page-turner—although it's undoubtedly that—Darling Rose Gold plumbs the depths of this poisoned mother-daughter relationship, asking probing questions about why we all hurt the ones we love. An explosive debut from a thrilling new voice."

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