When:
August 20, 2024 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
2024-08-20T19:30:00-05:00
2024-08-20T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
Online Via Zoom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Anne Melia

Cover of the book Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

For our August 2024 JEDI Book Club we will be reading Yellowface by R.F. Kuang. This wasn’t on our original list but was a late recommendation and gives us a good opportunity to wade back into fiction. Here is the Goodreads Summary:

Athena Liu is a literary darling and June Hayward is literally nobody.

White lies
When Athena dies in a freak accident, June steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song.

Dark humour
But as evidence threatens June’s stolen success, she will discover exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

Deadly consequences…
What happens next is entirely everyone else’s fault.

With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media. R.F. Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.

About the Author:

Rebecca F. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar, translator, and award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy and Babel: An Arcane History, among others. She has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale.