Aimee Liu

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Books by Aimee Liu


Glorious Boy
SKU: 9781597098892

Available now:
Le Garcon Magnifique
Glorious Boy
in French translation,
published by Mercure de France!

Glorious Boy is also available as an audiobook!

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

  Pico Iyer, author of Autumn Light

Finalist for the 2020 Staunch Book Prize


Good Housekeeping's "Best Books of 2020"

"For readers who are unafraid to be swept away." Starred review, Booklist*
"Riveting... a fascinating, irresistible marvel." Starred review, Library Journal*

Brit+Co's 12 Books That Will Take You on a Literary Vacation

A tale of war and devotion, longing and loss, and the power of love to prevail…

“Reminiscent of the tone and atmosphere of Somerset Maugham and George Orwell’s Asia-set novels, Glorious Boy is a Second World War story of adventure and loss, uniquely set in the Andaman Islands, one of India’s farthest flung territories” – Asian Review of Books

"In 1942, Claire Durant waits with her husband and young son for the all-clear to leave the Andaman Islands, where they’ve been stationed since 1936. The Andamans, east of India in the Bay of Bengal, are home to a colony of Burmese and Indian convicts as well as the native people, the Biya. Claire, a budding anthropologist, has been studying the Biya and getting to know them, but as WWII intensifies, she has no choice but to leave the people she loves. There is one other complication: Naila, their young servant, has a special relationship with Claire’s son, Ty. And when Naila disappears with Ty, there’s no telling what will happen to the family as they are wrenched apart. 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 setting, a sacred home to all kinds of cultures and people, and Liu’s prose is masterful. A good choice for book groups and for readers who are unafraid to be swept away." --Booklist  STARRED review


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Flash House
SKU: 9780446691215

A suspenseful novel of rescue and redemption set in Central Asia at the start of the Cold War, featuring two unforgettable heroines whose fates are irrevocably intertwined. 

FLASH HOUSE was published in Warner hardcover in 2/03, and became a "Los Angeles Times bestseller. With its phenomenal characterizations and exotic setting, FLASH HOUSE won raves in publications, including the "Los Angeles Times, Booklist, and a starred review in "Publishers Weekly, among others.
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Cloud Mountain
SKU: 9780446519878

Based on the true story of Liu's grandparents, Cloud Mountain recounts the romance of a Chinese scholar-revolutionary and his American bride, from turn-of-the-century San Francisco through China's Warlord period and into WWII.

Defying the taboos of early twentieth-century California, American Hope Newfield and Leong Po-yo, an aristocratic Chinese man, fall in love and move to China to raise a family, but their love is tested by prejudice, revolution, conflicting loyalties, anddifferent traditions
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SKU: 9780446518291

Aimee Liu crosses continents and generations from New York's Chinatown to pre-war Shanghai to follow a young woman's search for identity as she struggles to unravel a twisted skein of family lies. Aimee Liu's multicultural world is filled with violent nightmares, the stealthy movements of Asian gangs, and the furtive liaisons of lovers divided by irreconcilable differences of culture, history, and heart.
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