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372 pages, Hardcover
First published September 28, 2021
“Here at Starrgate Donut, Lan and her family would safely wait out the fall of the Galactic Empire, continue their work, and live undisturbed, as long as—as Mr. Thamavuong stressed—they gave donuts to the police officers for free.”
"It was breakfast. Astrid served cold cuts, crusty breads, semisoft cheeses, and a soft-boiled egg in an eggcup. She had never seen an eggcup."
“No, you didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to make donuts—but that didn’t mean being a rocket scientist didn’t help.”
The NetherTale offered a scenario where a player would rescue people from Hell—yet not hurt anyone at all. Might one live that way? Until recently, Shizuka would have dismissed the suggestion as naïve, a fantasy of the weak and sheltered, those who had never fought or known loss. But nothing in Katrina’s background suggested she was weak or sheltered. As for loss? Her music did not lie. She was fighting with an abandon that only came from loss.Katrina Nguyen is a runaway, escaping her transphobic, abusive family. Her untrained but clearly talented playing catches the ear of Shizuka Satomi, a violin teacher who has to deliver a seventh soul to Hell to save her own. In addition, their story intertwines with that of Lan Tran, an alien who escaped war on her home world with her family and opened a donut shop.