Written by Romy
When annoyingly perfect and multi-bestselling author Athena Liu dies, her friend – but not really a friend – June Hayward smells an opportunity. A glimpse of her dream. A chance to become the writer she has always wanted to be. Athena’s unpublished manuscript. So, it’s obvious to take it…right? Or is there, possibly, a darker side to June’s impulse?
Yellowface is a book of many layers. Beneath the plot lurk deeper questions. Even if this had been June’s book – would she, as a white woman, have had the right to write about the experience of Chinese laborers?
Both the unique perspective and the food for thought it offers make this book exquisite. With its contrasting sides, this novel is sourly enjoyable, frustratingly delightful, painfully delicious and made me want to pull my hair out at times, but in the best way possible.