New Releases: December Books by Asian Authors!

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The team at Lit CelebrAsian are always bookmarking books before the end of the year.

Thankful to our Lit CelebrAsian team members: Glaiza and Shenwei for taking to the time to research and compile this list.

Note: This is just a small sample of releases out in December, so let us know what books you’re excited for!

futuristic city on book cover with comet Star City (Star City #1) by Edwin Peng

Young adult science fiction
Release date:
 4th of December, 2017

“Eighteen year old Emma Smith is exactly where she wants to be: she’s headed to the University of Nebraska with a full scholarship to, and on top of that she’s been selected by the U.S. government to participate in an exclusive medical research project. The project, as it turns out, isn’t an average college internship. Emma has been selected as a student ambassador to liaise with the Ba’ren, an alien race that has recently made contact with Earth in order to share medical technology. The project will kick start Emma’s biomedical engineering career, as well as give her a chance to interact with this mysterious alien race that she — and all of humanity — are very curious about.

Political and cultural clashes between the humans and the Ba’ren intensify, and Emma and Sepporinen must risk everything to help maintain the fragile peace between their two species.”

book cover with oysters on pebbles Of Oysters, Pearls and Magic by Joyce Chng 

Adult fantasy
Release date:
 4th of December, 2017 (kindle edition)

“Enter the world of Mirra. She is a magic user, but her gift is scorned by the menfolk in her village. Men are allowed to use magic; women are not. So, after a tumultuous event, Mirra decides to leave and heads for the City to continue her own self-journey. This is her tale.”

book cover shows portaits of 3 heroines Three Daughters of Eve: A Novel by Elif Shafak

Adult contemporary
Release date:
 5th of December, 2017

Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground — an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past — and a love — Peri had tried desperately to forget.

Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri’s mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart.”

book cover with mushroomsRecord of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami, Lucy North (Translator)

Adult Short Story Collection
Release date:
 5th of December, 2017
Rep: Japanese protagonist

“One morning, a woman treads on a snake. She comes home that evening and realises the snake has moved into her house and is saying she is her mother… So begins the story of a woman trying to live with a snake, with herself – or perhaps with something else altogether.

This volume includes the three stories “A Snake Stepped On”, “Missing” and “Record of a Night Too Brief” which together won the Akutagawa Prize in 1996. Filled with fantastically multicoloured images and unexplained collapses in time and place, these highly surreal, meticulously worked stories of longing and disappearance, love and loathing are the work of an enormously talented writer at the top of her game.”

book cover with oceanSalvage: Poems by Cynthia Dewi Oka 

Release date:
 15th of December, 2017

“How do we transform the wreckage of our identities? Cynthia Dewi Oka’s evocative collection answers this question by brimming with what we salvage from our most deep-seated battles. Reflecting the many dimensions of the poet’s life, Salvage manifests an intermixture of aesthetic forms that encompasses multiple social, political, and cultural contexts—leading readers to Bali, Indonesia, to the Pacific Northwest, and to South Jersey and Philadelphia.” (TW: assault.)

book cover show half of Mei's face Shadow Girl by Liana Liu

Young adult paranormal contemporary
Release date:
 19th of December, 2017
Rep: Chinese protagonist

“What Mei doesn’t know is that something is very wrong in the Morison household.

Though she tries to focus on her duties, Mei becomes increasingly distracted by the family’s problems and her own complicated feelings for Ella’s brother, Henry. But most disturbing of all are the unexplained noises she hears at night—the howling and thumping and cries.

Mei is a sensible girl. She isn’t superstitious; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Yet she can’t shake her fear that there is danger lurking in the shadows of this beautiful house, a darkness that could destroy the family inside and out… and Mei along with them.”

book cover shows kimaya resting her legs by a pool A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev 

Adult contemporary romance
Release date:
 26th of December, 2017
Rep: Indian protagonist

“Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.”

book cover shows crownThe Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns 0.5) by Kendare Blake 

Young adult fantasy
Release date:
 26th of December, 2017

“Three black witches, born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck.

Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella – three young queens born to fulfil their destiny – to fight to the death to win the crown. But before they were poisoner, elemental and naturalist, they were children, sisters and friends…”

book cover shows a girl surrounded by zodiac animals.Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vickie Y. Lee, Joey Chou (Illustrations)

Picture Book
Release date:
 26th of December, 2017
Rep: Chinese protagonist

“In this picture book celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother. Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her get to grandmother’s house to deliver it? Will it be clever Rat, strong Ox, or cautious Rabbit? Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey. This picture book includes back matter with a focus on the animals of the Chinese zodiac.” 

book cover shows mecha giant towering over heroine. Kokoro (Kojiki #2) by Keith Yatsuhashi

Audiobook Edition – Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release date:
 28th of December, 2017
Rep: Japanese protagonist

“Masterfully combining fantasy, science fiction and Japanese mythology, the sequel to Kojiki takes us into the heart of a war that spreads across the worlds. 
On the planet of Higo, without the guidance of the Great Spirits, its people are descending into religious civil war. Baiyren Tallaenaq, Prince of Higo, is exiled after causing the death of his mother. 
Freed from his responsibilities and the looming war, he steals their greatest weapon a giant, sentient, armoured suit and uses it to open a Portal to a world he never knew existed. A world called ‘Earth ‘…home of a magical young woman called Keiko.” 

*List compiled by Lit CelebrAsian team membersGlaiza and Shenwei.

*In case you missed it, check out the November Book Releases.

*We’re reading Timekeeper by Tara Sim for our December and January book club, so join us!

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