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May 29, 2019

The Island of Sea Women

This is an important book that brings to mainstream literature a tragic and neglected chapter in Korean history. For me, this is Lisa See’s strongest novel yet.
May 21, 2019

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Jean Kwok delivers a twist that turns this novel about families and secrets into a page-turner of a mystery dove-tailed with riveting domestic drama.
November 7, 2018

Girls on the Line

When I scored a signed (!) copy of Aimie K. Runyan’s latest novel GIRLS ON THE LINE it felt like hitting jackpot. Set in World War I, the novel is about the “Hello Girls”, American women sent to work in the field as telephone operators for the US Army Signal Corps.
December 12, 2016

Avoid Breaking the Spell

All the hard work of pulling your reader into the setting can be undone by careless details that break the spell for readers and take them out of the world of the novel.
May 18, 2016

Dragon Springs Road Finally in Editing!

A publisher’s marketing activities will move the dial for book sales, but are there things an author can do to help the process? You gotta at least try.
April 30, 2013

Light at the End of the Editing Tunnel

Oh goody, proofreading! This joyous response to spelling, grammar and punctuation check can only come from someone who's been in the editing tunnel for weeks.