41-year old Mayumi is bored by her day to day life and books provide her an outlet. One day she issues a library card to a shy-17 year old boy, whom Mayumi finds herself sexually attracted to. As the affair grows, Mayumi finds the affair impossible to break free from as they begin to share their opinions on books and other things.
*has had poetry collections published before
Young Adult Fiction
Karen Bao is a student at Columbia and also a writer by night. In Dove Arising, Phaet, a girl who lives in a colony on the Moon. When her mom is arrested, she realizes that everything she’s known about her life is not what it seems.
Fonda Lee, Zeroboxer
A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.
As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices put everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.
Stacey Lee, Under a Painted Sky
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.
Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
This debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
Valynne Maetani, Ink and Ashes (June 1st, 2015)
Ink and Ashes follows the story of Claire Takata, who, on the anniversary of her father’s death, discovers a letter from her father to her stepfather. Before this, she’s had no reason to believe that her stepfather even knew her father and she searches for more information. Soon, Claire finds out that her father was part of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia, and her father’s legacy soon starts to blur onto her life.
Edit: I added some more authors based on emails I’ve received and further research. So excited that the list is longer!