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Novels
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.
The unforgettable tale of star-crossed love that spans four decades and two continents.
A young photographer wrestles with her repressed past and identity as an Amerasian in New York's Chinatown. Now back in print after more than a decade, FACE is Aimee's first novel.
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
Aimee's latest book reviews
Work on Eating Disorders
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual women’s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people’s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.
Recent Essays
Love springs from an improbable meeting on the Great Wall of China.
Beverly Hills from the inside out. All sales from this anthology benefit the California Arts Council.
Short Story
Aimee's short story "The Other Side" appears in this anthology of stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen's song "Meeting Across the River."

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Wed., OCT. 22, 8-8:45 at Skynny Kitchen, 5166 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood, Aimee will introduce Goddard MFA alums Teresa Mei Chuc, Lynn Lobban, and Elizabeta Betinski for an evening of Literary Globetrotting.
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Aimee Liu is the author of three novels, one memoir, and a variety of nonfiction books on topics ranging from eating disorders to love and success. She also teaches creative writing in Goddard College's MFA program at Port Townsend, Washington.

The focus of this website is Aimee's literary work -- her novels, essays, and anthologized work. For more in-depth information about her most recent nonfiction book, GAINING, and about her other work related to psychology and eating disorders, please visit www.gainingthetruth.com





On May 7, 2014, Aimee sat down for a talk about writing with novelist Amy Tan. Click the link below to view the entire conversation.


Click Photo to View Aimee's recent conversation with Amy Tan at Live Talks LA

RECENT WORK:


ALCHEMY OF THE WORD: Writers Talk About Writing

A collection of essays about the practice and life of writing, edited by Aimee Liu & Nicola Morris. All contributors are members of the faculty of the Goddard College MFA program in creative writing.

In this remarkable collection of essays, twenty-five acclaimed novelists, poets, playwrights, memoirists, cross-genre and nonfiction writers engage the reader in a virtual literary conversation, filled with passion, insight, wit, and warmth.

The Goddard MFA was the first low-residency program in creative writing; now there are around fifty operating in the United States. Program Director, Paul Selig says, “What greeted me at my first Goddard residency was the kind of community I had never dreamed possible… the faculty – well, they were teachers of the first order, and I found their dedication to shepherding a new generation of writers came from a place of deep generosity, wisdom and integrity.”

Alchemy of the Word introduces you to this faculty—not through their writing tips, tricks, and exercises, but through their experiences of themselves as professional writers living in the world, tackling issues they care about deeply and reporting back. To read this anthology is to travel to the wellsprings of literary inspiration, and to eavesdrop on a room full of mentors.

RESTORING OUR BODIES, RECLAIMING OUR LIVES

“A terrific book with a compelling interplay between the perspectives of professionals and the stories of people who have successfully recovered from eating disorders. Highly informative and a great read.”
—B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Columbia University

This book establishes new ground by walking the reader through the entire recovery process, from the initial turning points at the start of the odyssey to reclaiming one’s life after an eating disorder.
— Judith D. Banker, past president, Academy for Eating Disorders


I’ve read countless books about eating disorders, but I’ve never seen one quite like this! Combining the professional wisdom of leading experts with personal experiences from women and men all over the globe, Aimee Liu’s Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives fills what was once a gap on the recovery bookshelf. Anyone who has been touched by an eating disorder needs this book.
— Jenni Schaefer, Author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me and Life Without Ed


Liu (Gaining: The Truth about Life After Eating Disorders) offers a compilation of letters written by an array of men and women suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge, and other eating disorders. Liu puts each of these intimate letters into helpful contexts, so that current sufferers may learn from their peers. Contributors speak of past disorders, some lasting decades; others count an eating disorder as an ongoing struggle. With clinical notes and information on new and unique approaches, Liu's effort offers something for everyone effected by this issue, whether personally, peripherally, or professionally. About choosing a therapist, Liu urges readers to avoid adherents to current approaches that focus on diet alone, an important component to treatment, yes, but only the tip of the Eating Disorder iceberg. Liu's book isn't a guide to uncovering the psychology behind an eating disorder, but it clearly shows that relief from suffering can be found in the stories of other sufferers.
Throughout the book are informative sidebars written by leading professionals in the field, addressing essential topics such as finding the right therapist, the use of medications, exploring complementary treatments, and how family members can help.
— Publishers Weekly


Aimee is the author of the following acclaimed novels:


FLASH HOUSE (Warner Books, 2003)

A tale of international intrigue and the unintended consequences of love, set in India and China, 1949. FLASH HOUSE is available in the UK and Commonwealth countries through Review Books; in Holland in Dutch translation through de Boekerij; and in Italy in Italian translation through Sperling & Kupfer.


The epic novel based on the marriage of Aimee's Chinese scholar-revolutionary grandfather and American grandmother, beginning with the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and concluding with the turmoil of World War II in China.

Aimee's first novel, FACE (Warner Books, 1994) Now back in print!

Aimee Liu is represented by:
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At www.gainingthetruth.com you’ll find a variety of information about eating disorders treatment and prevention, as well as related psychological and health topics.


Aimee is on the faculty of Goddard College's Port Townsend low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.



SOLITAIRE was Aimee's first book and America's first memoir of anorexia, published originally in 1979 and reissued in 2000.