AAPI Authors to Hear on Audio

As we work together to confront racism and racist violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, Penguin Random House Audio is honored to share the works of AAPI authors on audio. Listen to award-winning and bestselling audiobooks that focus on the diversity of the Asian American experience as well as present change-making ideas and rip-roaring good stories. Literary fiction, essay collections, book club picks, romance, memoirs, and more—it’s all here, and there’s no better time to start listening.

2020 National Book Award Winner. From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Interior Chinatown is a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

“Joel de la Fuente gives a spectacular performance filled with drama, theatrics, and razzle-dazzle that beautifully showcases Charles Yu’s satire of Asians in America, told in a funky screenplay format.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Written and read by poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative, and will change the way you think about our world.

“It is as hard to stop listening to these essays as it is to remain unmoved by them.”—AudioFile

Fairest is a singular, beautifully written and narrated coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender.

“Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs.”—The New York Times Book Review

Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Read by a full cast, Good Talk is a bold, wry, and intimate memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us.

“Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir is thoughtfully adapted to audio with members of a full cast narrating each voice.”—AudioFile

Author: Ocean Vuong
Read By: Ocean Vuong

With stunning urgency and grace, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a novel about people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

“The listener is carried along with Vuong’s voice, almost as if listening to a carefully crafted melody.”—AudioFile

With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K-Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the subversive storytelling of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family’s history from Taiwan to America, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood.

“Narrators Catherine Ho, Nancy Wu, and Ren Hanami work together to create a rich audio experience for this multigenerational saga of a Taiwanese family haunted by its past.”—AudioFile

If I Had Your Face is a riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania.

Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature.

Author: Celeste Ng
Read By: Jennifer Lim

A runaway bestseller and the inspiration behind the Hulu Original series, Little Fires Everywhere traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

Author: Kevin Kwan
Read By: Lydia Look

The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with Sex and Vanity, a glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family’s dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.

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