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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 forthcoming novel is GLORIOUS BOY, due out from Red Hen Press on May 12, 2020. This tale of family devotion, war, and survival is set on India's remote Andaman Islands before and during WWII and revolves around a mysteriously mute 4-year-old who vanishes on the eve of Japanese Occupation. Little Ty's parents, Shep and Claire, will go to any lengths to rescue him, but neither is prepared for the brutal odyssey that awaits them.

She is also the author of GAINING: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, published by Warner Books, February, 2007. Drawing on her own history of anorexia as well as interviews with more than forty other former
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Description: A novel of intrigue, love, and loss set in Cold War China and India, 1949
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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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