Asian, South Asian, & Pacific Islander Authors/Stories

Last Updated: November 12, 2022

The School for Good Mothers by Jassamine Chan

The School for Good Mothers
by Jessamine Chan

Frida Liu, a 39-year-old Chinese-American single mother in Philadelphia, loses custody of her 18-month-old daughter, Harriet, and must spend a year at a newly-created institution, where as an outsider in every way, she practices parenting with bad mothers from all over the county.

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

The Swimmers
by Julie Otsuka

Alice is a swimmer who swims as a final stand against her encroaching dementia when one day a crack appears at the bottom of the community pool. The novel is narrated by Alice’s daughter as she witnesses her mother’s decline.

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

The Cartographers
by Peng Shepherd

Nell Young hasn’t spoken to her father, a cartographer, since he destroyed her reputation, so when he is found dead with a strange map in his possession, Nell is intrigued. She discovers that the map is the last one is existence because someone is hunting down and destroying them- along with anyone who gets in the way.

Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

Disorientation
by Elaine Hsieh Chou

A struggling PhD student makes a shocking discovery about a famous Chinese American poet that sets into motion a series of escalating events, both humorous and fraught, that culminates in an incendiary reckoning of her relationships, beliefs, and identity.

Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi
by Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi is the only daughter in the kingdom of Kekaya, who was raised on stories of the gods. Yet her life seems to be measured by securing a marriage alliance. So she uses magic to transform into a warrior queen, determined to forge a better world. Her path leads her to clashes with demons and gods, and her own family.

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Portrait of a Thief
by Grace D. Li

A lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums, about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.

Gods of Want: Stories by K-Ming Chang

Gods of Want: Stories
by K-Ming Chang

A collection of short stories about Asian American women that is divided into three sections- Mothers, Myths, and Moths.