We are thrilled to welcome ANNA GRACIA and GRACE K. SHIM to Mrs. Dalloway's on Saturday, August 13 at 10:30am.
Gracia (left) will be signing her timely debut YA novel Boys I Know, which has received two starred reviews! June Chu is the "just good enough" girl and high school senior navigating messy boys and messier relationships in this unflichingly honest and much-needed look into the overlap of Asian American identity and teen sexuality.
★ "Gracia employs a whirlwind pace that complements June's myriad triumphs and failures; a large, vibrant cast; and a true-to-life teen voice to explore societal gender roles, racism, and sexuality while artfully depicting one teenager's search for herself amid cultural and familial pressures."— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ "The panoply of supporting characters in this story that explores sexuality, gender roles, and relationships is finely drawn, and June is a winning protagonist with a lively, appealing voice that renders the repartee between her and her flinty, anxious mother simultaneously infuriating, hilarious, and poignant. A fresh tale about a teen’s struggles to define herself."— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Shim (right) will be signing her YA novel The Noh Family, also a debut. This sparkling story introduces irrepressibly charming teen Chloe Chang, who is reunited with her deceased father's estranged family via a DNA test, and is soon whisked off to Seoul to join them...
★"Inspired by K-dramas, author Grace Shim has created a fast-paced adventure story with plenty of suspense and glitter as Chloe experiences the life of a princess. Shim manages to weave in plenty of references to Korean culture throughout the story, creating a strong sense of place for the reader. Interesting main characters will engage readers and the overarching theme will give plenty for book clubs to consider." - School Library Connection
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