Aimee Liu

Novelist, Essayist, Teacher

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Family Photos Can Change You
When Anti-Miscegenation Laws Reflected the Worst Kind of Bigotry
The Mysterious WWII Hero Whose Daring Escape From an Occupied Island Was Dwarfed by His Return as a Spy
How Death Can Teach Us to Make Meaning From the Inexplicable
A Funeral on Pandemic Eve
Pathos and Bathos in "The Crown"
The Primal Power of Stories That Evoke Yearning and Dread
Social Survival Lessons from a Lockdown Master
Orchids of the Andamans
Einstein Syndrome

Reviews and Media for Glorious Boy

One of Good Housekeeping’s 20 Best Books of 2020 to Add to Your Reading List ASAP

One of Brit+Co’s 12 Books That Will Take You on a Literary Vacation

One of Travel & Leisure’s 20 New Books to Gift This Mother's Day

One of Parade’s 30 Best Beach Reads of 2020

One of the NY Post’s Best Books of the Week

"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

Watch the Book Trailer for Glorious Boy: Click Here!

“Reminiscent of the tone and atmosphere of Somerset Maugham and George Orwell’s Asia-set novels” --Asian Review of Books

"A riveting amalgam of history, family epic, anticolonial/antiwar treatise, cultural crossroads... a fascinating, irresistible marvel.” — Library Journal, starred review

”Liu’s prose is masterful. A good choice for book groups and for readers who are unafraid to be swept away.” — Booklist, starred review

“Liu upends the clichés of the white savior narrative.” —Publishers Weekly

“In Glorious Boy, Liu’s superb writing.. carries the reader in an epic drama of a family caught up in events beyond their control all the way through to the nail-biting ending.” —Authorlink

"In lushly described scenes, Glorious Boy engages the reader while not providing the characters any easy paths to resolution.”  Consequence Magazine

Excerpt from Glorious Boy:
"The Nerve"

On Camera and Audio
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Aimee's conversation with debut novelist JoAnne Tompkins @Book Passage

The Publication Party @Diesel Books with Sandra Tsing Loh

Revolutionary Family Histories: A conversation with novelist Meira Chand at 2020 Singapore Literature Festival

“Reading with Robin” on A MIGHTY BLAZE – interview with Robin Homonoff

“Dialogue” – interview with Susan Wingate

Fierce Womxn Writing -- interview with Sara Gallagher

Must Read FictionInterview with Erin Popelka

Odyssey Bookshop event with Ellen Meeropol

Secluded: A Virtual Writing Conference: Finding and Fictionalizing Untold Stories event with Jennifer Steil

Litquake event with Donna Hemans, Ellen Meeropol, and Kristen Millares Young.

Friends of the Huntington Beach Library event

Without Books podcast

Writers' Voices podcast


In Print Online

 Aimee's essay on the origins of Glorious Boy in LITHUB

Celebrating Audiobook Appreciation Day with Hasty Booklist !

Cultural Attunement and "Otherness"
: The Rumpus Interview with Aimee by Colette Sartor

MS. MagazineInterview  with Aimee and author Cai Emmons

Historical Novels Review feature

Caroline Leavitt Interview with Aimee Interview with Aimee

AuthorsAnswer Interview with Aimee

Deborah Kalb Books Interview with Aimee

Hasty Book List Interview with Aimee
(talking of all things fun, including Holly Golightly and cocktails!)

Aimee's Book Reviews

Consequence Magazine: The Frightened Ones by Dima Wannous
Consequence Magazine: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai