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Fiona and Jane

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Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho
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Jan 04, 2022 | ISBN 9780593296042

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“If you’re looking for a book about female friendship, look no further than Jean Chen Ho’s Fiona and Jane, which details the complex relationship between two Taiwanese American women over the course of 20 years.”
Marie Claire

“Compelling. . . . Fiona and Jane—both earnest, curious and heart-full—epitomize the realities of growing up in America as young women, as immi­grants, as Asian Americans. Their arcs show how families complicate one’s life while also enriching it, how friends can become a found family, and how every choice can echo in and reflect a per­son’s whole life. By the [book’s] end, readers will feel as though they carry some part of these women with them, as if Fiona and Jane are our friends, as if their stories might yet overlap with our own.”
—BookPage (starred review)
 
“With Fiona and Jane, Jean Ho announces herself as a bold and provocative new talent to watch out for. In this sexy and stylish set of stories about friendship, love, loyalty, and betrayal, she fearlessly delves into the intimacies between women and delivers a knockout of a book.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer and The Committed

“Unsentimental, subtly subversive, and always surprising, Jean Chen Ho’s beautiful debut Fiona and Jane glides me into revelations about the ambiguities of friendship, queer sexuality, and love. I rarely read portraits of friendships like that of Fiona and Jane, two flawed women who are each other’s constants throughout the crossroad in their lives. Jean Chen Ho is not afraid to give us a funny, unresolved and very real portrait of Asian Americans just getting by in LA and New York. I love this book.”
Cathy Park Hong, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Minor Feelings

Fiona and Jane is a high wire act of a collection, the stories born of the experiments in daring you feel around the friend you are sure will always be there. Amid the intricate fretwork of adhoc desires, missing family, and rehearsals for adulthood, a cool-handed nerve shapes it all—Jean Chen Ho’s brilliant debut is as assured as what must surely follow.”
—Alexander Chee, author of National Bestseller The Queen of the Night and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

“Loving and fierce, sharp and emotionally resonant, Fiona and Jane is not only the story of two best friends as they grow into adulthood—it’s a love letter to Asian American women’s friendship, in all of its most beautiful and heartbreaking iterations.”
—Lisa Ko, author of National Book Award finalist The Leavers

“I loved every one of these vibrant, sharply-observed stories that explore the complexities of friendship, love, lust, youth and identity. Jean Chen Ho’s writing is spiky, surprising and funny, suffused with wit and sadness. On top of all that, she writes about southern California with specificity and insight, mapping corners of it that I haven’t seen before in fiction. A striking debut from a very talented writer.”
—Charles Yu, National Book Award-winning author of Interior Chinatown

Fiona and Jane is the book I did not know I was waiting to be written—one that brilliantly examines what it feels like to be young and woman and hungry for a meaningful life right now. Via language that is tender, shot through with humor and undergirded with lyricism, Jean Chen Ho has created a universe of mothers, daughters, lovers and, vitally, friends who become sisters. Read this remarkable work of fiction and feel the world open up around you.”
—Angela Flournoy, author of National Book Award finalist The Turner House

“Jean Chen Ho has created an iconic pair of friends who are messy and sexy and so thoroughly alive that I’m pretty sure we once snuck into a club together. Joyously specific and true, Fiona and Jane is my new favorite book.”
—Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World

“In Fiona and Jane, Jean Chen Ho charts the emotional journey of young women brought together or torn apart by families, friends, or lovers. She writes with great beauty and sensitivity about moments in life when the unsaid or unsayable can no longer be held back and the truth gushes forth in all its rawness. This book is a treasure.”
—Laila Lalami, author of National Book Award finalist The Other Americans

“A brilliant examination into young life and told in a brilliant fashion. Jean Chen Ho has created two of the most memorable characters in recent fiction.”
—Debutiful

“In this tender and timeless debut, Chen Ho explores the intimate facets of female friendship, Asian American immigrant experiences in Los Angeles and New York, and the debilitating power of family traumas.”
—Booklist
 
“Intimate. . . . Ho excels at creating characters whose struggles feel deeply human. This packs in plenty of insights about love and friendship.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Who knows you better: you or your best friend? . . . Ho’s adept captures of childhood confusion, teenage angst, and adult malaise lend the stories a universality that is not undermined by her equally precise dissections of racial and sexual issues facing Fiona and Jane. The misogynistic dangers facing the girls as they stretch their high school wings in the gorgeous and nerve-wracking story ‘Go Slow’ echo throughout the work as a whole, with a particularly resounding tone in the devastating precis, ‘Korean Boys I’ve Loved.’ Readers will wish for a Fiona or Jane in their own lives.”
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