“Yellowface” by R. F. Kuang

Kylie recommends: Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

Genre: Literary fiction

Reading Level: Adult

Summary: Author June witnesses the freak accident death of her friend and best-selling author, Athena, and steals her unpublished work and passes it off as her own under the name Juniper Song. “So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song–complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.”

Kylie says: This was a very compelling and thought provoking story. You read from June’s perspective and see her rationale for everything she does, you feel conflicted as a reader. I also really liked the inside look at the publishing world and how it discussed topics like racism, diversity, cultural appropriation, and ethics.

This title is available at Foster Public Library.