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Celeste Ng

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Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You  (June 2014, Penguin Press). She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award.  Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Currently she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son, where she teaches fiction writing at Grub Street and is at work on a second novel and a collection of short stories.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Anthologies edited
Celeste Ng recommends
Bellweather Rhapsody (2014)
Kate Racculia
"A deliciously dark confection of a novel, and one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I've read in years."
Leaving Lucy Pear (2016)
Anna Solomon
"Leaving Lucy Pear is that rare combination of stunning language, raw emotion, and profound wisdom that catches you up and wrings you out and yet somehow leaves you fuller than when you began. In this tender new novel, Anna Solomon looks at our most fundamental relationships - between mothers, children, and lovers - with more compassion and grace than seems humanly possible."
Our Short History (2017)
Lauren Grodstein
"Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it’s bigger - and stronger - than before."
Woman No. 17 (2017)
Edan Lepucki
"Edan Lepucki shows herself to be a sharp-eyed chronicler of our modern world."
Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)
Jesmyn Ward
"A searing, urgent read for anyone who thinks the shadows of slavery and Jim Crow have passed, and anyone who assumes the ghosts of the past are easy to placate. It's hard to imagine a more necessary book for this political era."
Brass (2018)
Xhenet Aliu
"A fierce, big-hearted, unflinching debut."
Everything Here Is Beautiful (2018)
Mira T Lee
"A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters."
Bury What We Cannot Take (2018)
Kirstin Chen
"Bury What We Cannot Take explores what it takes to survive in a world gone mad—and what is lost when we do. Kirstin Chen has written both an engrossing historical drama and a nuanced exploration of how far the bonds of familial love can stretch."
The Ensemble (2018)
Aja Gabel
"Aja Gabel's powerful debut offers a sensitive portrait of four young musicians forging their paths through life: sometimes at odds with each other, sometimes in harmony, but always inextricably linked by their shared pasts."
That Kind of Mother (2018)
Rumaan Alam
"Dives deep into big questions about parenthood, adoption, and race...With his unerring eye for nuance and unsparing sense of irony, Rumaan Alam’s second novel is both heartfelt and thought-provoking."
The Incendiaries (2018)
R O Kwon
"In dazzlingly acrobatic prose, R. O. Kwon explores the lines between faith and fanaticism, passion and violence, the rational and the unknowable."
A River of Stars (2018)
Vanessa Hua
"A River of Stars splits the ‘Chinese immigrant story’ into a kaleidoscopic spectrum, putting human faces to the many groups—rich and poor, privileged and marginalized, documented and not—who come to America. Vanessa Hua’s debut is an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone."
The Age of Light (2019)
Whitney Scharer
"A startlingly modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman’s self-transformation from muse into artist."
New Waves (2020)
Kevin Nguyen
"A knowing, witty, and thought-provoking exploration of love, modern isolation, and what it means to exist—especially as a person of color—in our increasingly digital age."
Gold Diggers (2021)
Sanjena Sathian
"In a perfect alchemical blend of familiar and un-, Gold Diggers takes a wincingly hilarious coming-of-age story, laces it with magical realism and a trace of satire, and creates a world that's both achingly familiar and marvelously inventive. Written with such assurance it's hard to believe it's Sanjena Sathian's debut, this is a dizzyingly original, fiercely funny, deeply wise novel about the seductive powers—and dangers—of borrowed ambition."
Take My Hand (2022)
Dolen Perkins-Valdez
"Deeply empathetic yet unflinching in its gaze...an unforgettable exploration of responsibility and redemption."

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