Aimee Liu

Biography

Aimee Liu is the author of the bestselling novels:

FLASH HOUSE (Warner Books, 2003)is a tale of suspense and Cold War intrigue set in Central Asia. The story centers on an American journalistís wife whose quest to rescue her missing husband presses her into an unlikely alliance with an extraordinary native child and an Australian spy.

CLOUD MOUNTAIN (Warner Books, 1997) is based on the true story of Liu's American grandmother and Chinese revolutionary grandfather, their marriage in the early 1900s in America and their life together -- and apart -- during the first Chinese Republic, the Warlord Era, and the Japanese invasion of China. Cloud Mountain was serialized in Good Housekeeping magazine, and was published in German, Dutch, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Spanish, South American, and United Kingdom editions.

FACE (Warner Books, 1994) centers on a young photographer raised in New York's Chinatown who exposes three generations of family secrets, dating back to Imperial China, while coming to terms with her mixed-race identity -- and her own hidden past.

Aimee is also the author of several nonfiction books, including
GAINING: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIFE AFTER EATING DISORDERS, published by Warner Books in 2007.
GAINING is, in part, a sequel to Liu's very first book, SOLITAIRE (1979), which was also America's first anorexia memoir. Revisiting the questions of what really causes eating disorders and what it takes to fully recover, Liu interviewed leading researchers and more than 40 other women and men with histories of eating disorders.

Aimee worked as a flight attendant, edited business and trade publications, and was an associate producer for NBC's TODAY show before turning to writing full-time. She has co-authored seven nonfiction books and written numerous articles on medical and psychological topics. She has been a guest speaker at Yale University, UCLA, and writers' conferences throughout the country.

She currently teaches as a member of the faculty of Goddard College's Port Townsend MFA program in creative writing. She served as 2002 President of the literary organization PEN USA.

Aimee Liu was born in 1953 and raised in Connecticut, and received her B.A. from Yale University in 1975. She has two sons and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Martin Fink.

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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.
Work on Eating Disorders
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual womenís struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many peopleís 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.
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
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
Aimee's latest book reviews