Yellowface (MP3 CD)

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Two writers. Friends. Or friendly. One on a superstar trajectory, the other flailing. One Asian. The other white. When the superstar Asian writer dies, her friend takes her work in progress about the history of Chinese Labor Corps in WW1 and publishes it to great acclaim. This is a journey into the mad, bad world of publishing and cultural appropriation. Fast-paced, well-written, and topical.

— Em

One afternoon, I picked up this book intending to read a chapter or two only to find myself completely engrossed with this fast paced, quick witted tale for the rest of the night! I finished it the following morning. I found the unreliable narrator to be really compelling and I was intrigued by the scathing take down of the publishing industry. This book delivers! Easily a 5-star read!

— Zinna

June 2023 Indie Next List

“Equal parts modern satire, indictment of the publishing industry, and twisted ghost story, R. F. Kuang’s first foray into literary fiction pulls no punches and will have you reading late into the night.”
— Abby Bennsky, Old Town Books, Alexandria, VA


White lies. Dark humor. Deadly consequences... 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 R.F. Kuang, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Babel.

Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena's a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who 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 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 grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media. R.F. Kuang's novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798212709514
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Language: English