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  • A Map for the Missing, Belinda Huijuan Tang
    Penguin Press, 9780593300664, August 9, 2022 (Fiction)

    “In Belinda Huijuan Tang’s novel A Map for the Missing, an urgent overseas phone call alerts university professor Tang Yitian that his estranged father is missing, forcing Yitian to return to his family’s rural village in China and confront the past he’s worked so hard to leave behind. A gripping debut from an author to watch!”

    - Jhoanna Belfer, Bel Canto Books, Long Beach, CA

    “A poignant exploration of home, love, and ambition, set against the backdrop of Cultural Revolution China. Tang has a keen eye for familial conflict, and portrays regret with particular deftness. This is a beautiful, bittersweet debut.”

    Ellen McLaren, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA

    “I was sucked into the urgency, vividness, and honesty of this novel from the very first page. Yitian receives a frantic call from his mother saying that his father has disappeared. After a decade of separation, he must return to China to search for his lost father. In the process, Yitian reunites with a long lost friend, Hanwen and must parse out what it means to be ‘from’ somewhere and how he defines his own sense of belonging. Tang provides a detailed depiction of Chinese life both rural and urban — readers will be absolutely riveted. Sprawling, imaginative and spellbinding, this debut will be an excellent addition to summer reading lists everywhere.”

    Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

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