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New Waves

(2020)
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A wry and edgy debut novel about race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship 

“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.”—Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere

Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company’s sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he’s nearly invisible as a low-paid customer service rep. Together, they decide to steal their tech startup’s user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret—and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo’s computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her private online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend.

With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know one another? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?

Praise for New Waves

“Nguyen’s stellar debut is a piercing assessment of young adulthood, the tech industry, and racism. . . . Nguyen impressively holds together his overlapping plot threads while providing incisive criticism of privilege and a dose of sharp humor. The story is fast-paced and fascinating, but also deeply felt; the effect is a page-turner with some serious bite.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A blistering sendup of startup culture and a sprawling, ambitious, tender debut.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Mordant and fiercely smart, Kevin Nguyen's New Waves is a mystery within a mystery within a love story and it left me haunted, breathless. An ambitious, unsparing, exhilarating debut." - Megan Abbott

"New Waves is not one novel, but several: an acerbic portrait of startup culture, a circa-now account of twentysomething life in New York City, a moving exploration of grief, and a clear-eyed appraisal of race, sex, and privilege. Nguyen deserves our loudest applause." - Ryan Chapman

"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." - Celeste Ng

"A brilliant meditation on death and grief in the age of the internet. New Waves is full of modern noise and complicated love. Its prismatic, futuristic take on race and identity are a thrill to read. The book is funny and sad in equal measure, inventive, self-aware, full of insight, but also entirely enjoyable." - Tommy Orange

"Kevin Nguyen's New Waves collapses every tired distinction about the internet. In this novel of relationships, race, and loss, everything is both permanent and ephemeral--technology both preserves and buries culture, and the people who ghost you can also haunt you. With his swift, funny, and merciless prose, Nguyen smartly dissects how life online may be digital, but it's far from binary." - Tony Tulathimutte

"New Waves is a delight and a gamble and a treasure and a miracle. Nguyen's novel broke my heart. It made me laugh harder than any book reasonably should. It's everything I could possibly want in a story--but it's also that rarest, most unachievable of things: New Waves is truly something new." - Bryan Washington


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Hardback Editions

December 2020 : USA Library Binding
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Title: New Waves (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Kevin Nguyen
ISBN: 1-4328-8390-9 / 978-1-4328-8390-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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March 2020 : Hardback
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Title: New Waves: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Nguyen
ISBN: 1-984855-23-9 / 978-1-984855-23-7
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
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March 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: New Waves: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Nguyen
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: New Waves: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Nguyen
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March 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: New Waves: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Nguyen
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: New Waves: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Nguyen
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: New Waves: A Novel
Author(s): Kevin Nguyen
Publisher: One World
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