Aimee Liu May Be Coming to You!
February 9, 2020
I'm thrilled to announce that my new novel Glorious Boy will be published on May 12.
It's been a long time coming, and I hope you'll take a peek.
The story opens on a remote island in India on the eve of Japanese occupation, when a mysteriously mute 4-year-old and the local girl who tends him go missing. In the ensuing chaos of evacuation, his terrified parents resort to desperate measures to find the children, but neither is prepared for the brutal odyssey that awaits them.
Glorious Boy is a tale of war and devotion, longing and loss, and the power of love to prevail.
An absolutely gorgeous historical novel about ambition, culture clash, love, atonement, and one silent boy, set against the backdrop of a tribe in the Andamans struggling with British rule. So blisteringly alive you feel the swampy heat and the bugs, so emotionally true, it grips at every page. Just magnificent and not to be missed.
-Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World
In Glorious Boy, Aimee Liu tears a forgotten footnote from the history books and brings it to life in an epic tale of a family caught in a clash of cultures and loyalties during World War II. Set in a penal colony on the remote Andaman Islands, Glorious Boy is the whirlwind story of vanishing cultures, unbreakable codes, rebellion, occupation, and colonization, all swirling around the disappearance of a mute four-year-old boy on the eve of the Japanese occupation of Port Blair. A stirring indictment of the brutality that humanity is capable of, Liu's heartbreaking new novel of love, betrayal, and sacrifice is also a testament to the lengths we will go for the ones we love.
-Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, author of Shadow Child and Hiroshima in the Morning
No doubt Aimee Liu's ambitious novel, Glorious Boy, will be praised, deservedly, as historical fiction, an adventure novel, even a ripping yarn, but the heart of this book is what it means to be a mother. Liu's sympathetic and complicated protagonist, Claire Durant, finds herself challenged when it comes to connecting with her atypical son, and the book asks us all to consider whose responsibility it is to be better with and to other human beings, especially those with whom we're most intimate. How do we learn what isn't instinct? How do we protect ourselves and others from our own best intentions? With a generous and exacting eye, Liu explores these questions and more, and we, lucky readers, get to go along on the ride.
-Karen Shepard, author of Kiss Me Someone
You can preorder Glorious Boy now through your favorite bookseller:
Finally, I'm happy to report that my spring/summer book tour is shaping up nicely. I'll be at bookstores on both coasts, as well as in San Antonio to speak at the AWP conference in March.
Here's a preview of a few of the other cities, with stores and dates, where I'll be reading:
- Tuesday, May 12, DIESEL: A Bookstore, Santa Monica, CA
- Thursday, May 21, FRIENDS OF THE HUNTINGTON BEACH LIBRARY Author Luncheon
- Thursday, May 28, ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP, South Hadley, MA
- Saturday, May 30, YALE BOOKSTORE, New Haven, CT
- Wednesday, June 10, BOOKS INC, Berkeley, CA
- Thursday, June 11, VROMAN'S, Pasadena, CA
- Wednesday, June 24, GREENLIGHT, Brooklyn, NY
- Sunday, June 28, POLITICS & PROSE, Washington, DC
- Tuesday, July 7, ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY, Seattle, WA
- Sunday, Sept. 13, RED HEN READING, Santa Monica, CA
I look forward to seeing you again. It's been too long!
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