#19 Blasian Lit Thread

The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr
As a star basketball player in her last year of high school, Nancy Takahiro's life is about to change forever. Faced with the college recruitment process and unsure of where her skill will take her, Nancy is not prepared for meeting Raina Webber, an All-State shooting guard whose passion for basketball is matched only by her talent.

When Nancy's father and Raina's mother move in together, the girls are faced with the challenge of negotiating their already intense friendship and rivalry. As Nancy's love for Raina grows and both prepare to leave inner city neighborhood that has nurtured them, they find themselves looking toward a future that is no longer easily defined.

Set against a backdrop of racial tension between the Asian American and African American communities of Los Angeles and infused with tenderness and passion. The Necessary Hunger explores not only the intricacies of the game of basketball, but also the very nature of the relationships young women create in the face of the odds that are stacked against them.
Amazon, Amazon UK, Goodreads

Comment: Very different from the standard Blasian-themed book. It was published first in 1998 I believe, and was reprinted in 2011. The premise sounds interesting even though I'm not a huge fan of the YA genre.

The Search by Shiree McCarver
The flyer reads…

Missing: September 1870 – Chinese Mail Order Bride, Mei Ling. Last seen boarding a train to San Francisco, California… Hasn’t been seen since.

Rain Deerfield, free-born woman, half-breed tracker for the missing minority class and bounty hunter for the United States Militia is on a search that hits close to home. Her childhood friend, Mei Ling, is among the hundreds of missing in the San Francisco territory. Could it be a coincidence or was all the missing somehow connected?

After advertising and paying for a mail order bride, handsome Dr. Wen Da Yang’s potential “wife,” Mei Ling, never arrives to his home, Alcatraz, “Island of the Pelicans.” Feeling he was duped of a bridal trousseau and train fare, Wen gives up on the idea of a wife and instead searches for the perfect domestic.

Miss Rain Deerfield embarks on the old abandoned military fortress and none too soon in Wen’s opinion. With the arrival of his new housekeeper, his serene world as he has known it is turned completely upside down with intrigue as one unexplained ghostly encounter after another occurs. Is Dr. Yang’s island home truly inhabited by ghosts or is there something more sinister going on?
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Comment: Another one from Shiree McCarver. I'm still waiting on The Pirate and the Cobra.

The Pleasure Palace by Jiani Yu
Akira is the owner of The Pleasure Palace, one of the top female lounges in Tokyo. And all the women want to be with him. The problem is, he’s been in one bad relationship and is not ready to get into another. Deanna is an ex-model, working for a fashion magazine. Since her husband's sudden death, she finding it hard to love again. When Deanna is forced to interview Akira, she finds him to be conceited and a gigolo. Akira finds it hard to keep his flirtatious manner under control and Deanna hard to resist. Can these two make a love connection or will tragedy tear them apart.
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Comment: Jiani Yu has been interviewed on the BN

Gloria by Kerry Young
Jamaica, 1938. Gloria Campbell is sixteen years old when a single violent act alters the course of her life forever. Taking along her younger sister, she flees their hometown to forge a new life in Kingston. But in a capital city awash with change, a black woman is still treated as a second-class citizen. From a room in a boarding house and a job at a supply store, Gloria finds her way to a house of ill repute on the edge of the city, intrigued by the glamorous, financially independent women within.It is an unlikely place to meet the love of your life, but here she encounters Pao, a Chinatown racketeer and a loyal customer who will become something more. It is also an unlikely place to gain a passion for social justice, but it is one of the house's proprietors who instills in Gloria new ideas about the rights of women and all humankind, eventually propelling her to Cuba, where even greater change is underway, and where Gloria must choose between the life she has made for herself and the one that might be.

Alive with the energy of a country at a crossroads, this is a story of love in many forms, and of Gloria's evolution-from a frightened girl on the run to a woman fully possessed of her own power.
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Comment: I've been looking forward to this one. It is basically the story about Pao's mistress Gloria (I have reviewed Pao for the BN here). I am so glad she got her own book. In other news I met Kerry Young last year at a Caribbean book festival in London.


  1. "The Necessary Hunger" sounds really interesting.

    And "Pao" got a sequel, huh? And what's Kerry Young like?

    1. Yes, but it seems "Gloria" is more of a prequel and sequel combined. I'm really curious to see Pao through Gloria's eyes.

      Kerry Young is really cool, she was friendly I got her to sign my copy of "Pao". She was also chatty but I don't remember what we talked about :D

    2. Maybe you should try to contact and interview her.

  2. Gloria sounds amazing and I really like the book cover. The Necessary Hunger could be a good read if the characters progress well as the story moves along. The other two, I don't care for the covers or the plot of the books.


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