12.16.2011

Blasian Lit Thread #11

There is a growing number of books with Blasian themes, a lot of the new ones I'm coming across seem rushed, hastily put together and are just not what I'd read but I still feel I should put them up here for the benefit of others. So I will be putting up two kinds of Blasian lit threads; the ones with reasonably pretty covers and/or seem serious, and those that do not have reasonably pretty covers but may be excellent reads.

The Question by Zena Wynn
What would you do for a friend? What sacrifice would you willingly make? This is the issue facing Gail Henderson when her best friend, Crystal Al Jabbar, asks her to be a surrogate for her and her husband Rashid, using Gail's own egg. Complicating the decision is Gail's recent loss of her husband and toddler son in a fatal car accident, two years earlier.

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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vergese

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel—an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.


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The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya

In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. Amid beautiful, decaying wooden houses in Georgetown, on coastal sugarcane plantations, and in the dark rainforest interior scavenged by diamond hunters, he grows absorbed with the fantastic possibilities of this new place where descendants of the enslaved and indentured have made a new world. Ultimately, to fulfill his purpose, he prepares to mount an adventure of his own. His journey takes him beyond Guyanese borders, and his companion will be the feisty, wild-haired Jan.

In this dazzling novel, propelled by a singularly forceful voice, Rahul Bhattacharya captures the heady adventures of travel, the overheated restlessness of youth, and the paradoxes of searching for life’s meaning in the escape from home.

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The Golden Dragon by Jiani Yu

Edward is the son of the most feared and powerful Triad leader in Hong Kong. And Edward wants very little to do with it. All he ever wanted was to have a quiet life without being involved, but that’s not what his father has planned. Edward is sent to Connecticut with Winston, one of his father’s trusted associates to run a high-end Chinese restaurant. At least until his father could either find something more family involved or until Edward came to his senses. That's until Elana, a restaurant regular comes into the picture. From the moment Edward first saw Elana, he was captivated by her and had to have her. Even if it meant going against his family and being disowned forever. Can Edward and Elana’s love be enough to withstand the pressure from Edwards father powerful grip.
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11 comments:

  1. I have a feeling this is going to lead to some interesting discussions.

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  2. So the authors of some of these Blasian works are men? Oh, goodie!

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  3. The last cover's pretty descent, btw.

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  4. The Sly Company of People Who Care & Cutting For Stone sound very interesting. I'm intrigued by the perspective of these male authors. Off to buy more books.

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  5. Though I read autobiographies than romance novels, I must say that it is impressive to see more male authors writing Blasian romance novels. It just goes to show that some men are also Blasian minded when it comes to writing their books

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  6. Yes! Two of the books in this list are written by men, the author of 'Cutting for Stone' was either born or spent some time in East Africa. From the reviews I've read, the African female character in 'Cutting for Stone' plays an important role. I'm not sure about Rahul Bhattacharya though, they've described Jan as 'feisty and wild-haired', I'm not sure how I feel about that.

    Also, is it interesting that both men are of Indian descent?

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  7. Thanks for the info. There are a few blasian fanfic's on the Chamber fanfiction site for women of color. These sound interesting!

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  8. Eccentricyoruba,

    That is rather interesting that they are of Indian heritage. It helps that these guys spend some time in East Africa and found something romantic about the people for them to be able to write these books.

    Like wise about Jan. The last thing I would want the character of the story to be is some sexual vixen. I just want to read about a romantic Blasian story where they meet up, not being aware that they are in love with each other and live happily ever after.

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  9. @Nicole

    I've seen those ones on the Chamber fanfic site! There are not much though and a lot of them seem to focus on Ninja Assassin (I've got no problem with this but will like to see more variety when it comes to Blasian fanfic).

    @M

    It is only Abraham Erghese that spent time in East Africa!

    I just want to read about a romantic Blasian story where they meet up, not being aware that they are in love with each other and live happily ever after.
    And I'd love to read that kind of Blasian romance story!

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  10. @Ankh

    I agree. There isn't much variety when it comes to blasian fanfic and erotica on The Chamber. I can count on on hand the number of blasian stories on the site. Hopefully the numbers will increase. *fingers crossed*

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  11. Thank you for these gems, EccentricYoruba. I'd consider reading all of them, especially The Sly Company of People Who Care: A Novel and Cutting for Stone. I haven't heard anything about Guyana since the Kool-aid massacre.

    *will go broke buying books*

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