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Aimee Liu

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Aimee Liu is a best-selling novelist, essayist, and nonfiction author based in Los Angeles.

Her 2020 novel GLORIOUS BOY, published by Red Hen Press, has received rave endorsements:

"The most memorable and original novel I've read in ages. Aimee Liu… evokes every side in a multi-cultural conversation with sympathy and rare understanding."
– Pico Iyer

“A riveting amalgam of history, family epic, anticolonial/antiwar treatise, cultural crossroads, and more, this latest from best-selling author Liu is a fascinating, irresistible marvel.” — Library Journal, starred review

”This fascinating novel examines the many dimensions of war, from the tragedy of loss to the unexpected relationships formed during conflict. The Andamans are a lush and unusual s
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Aimee Liu Get an MFA if you're serious. I wish I had done this decades before I finally screwed up the courage to go for it.
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Not enough time, no! A few pages each night. I'm more of a novel person as a reader and writer, and so am filled with awe at the precision and selection process involved in short story writing.(less)
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FLASH HOUSE excerpt (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A novel of intrigue, love, and loss set in Cold War China and India, 1949
CLOUD MOUNTAIN (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: The story of an American woman and Chinese scholar-revolutionary's star-crossed love amid the turbulence of China's War Lord era
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"Aimee Liu’s Glorious Boy opens in 1942 but begins in 1936 New York when Claire, aspiring anthropologist, meets Shep, a young British doctor being punished by exile.
They soon marry and depart to his duty station, Port Blair on the Andaman Island in t" Read more of this review »
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"Bound by ambition and a sense of adventure, Claire and Shep Durant journey to the Andaman Islands, a remote part of colonial India, in 1936. They dive deep into their work: Claire, an anthropologist, is studying the language and customs of the Biya t" Read more of this review »
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"I read this book a few weeks ago, and I keep thinking about it. It has so many of the things I love in fiction - setting so well described that I can feel the breeze, characters so authentic I've known them forever, and a story that won't quit. Add t" Read more of this review »
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