VANESSA HUA reading from her new novel A RIVER OF STARS
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora.
A River of Stars features a pregnant Chinese woman who makes her way to San Francisco's Chinatown and stakes a claim to the American dream. NYT bestselling author Celeste Ng calls it "utterly absorbing," Publisher's Weekly says it's "heartbreaking...hilarious...wonderful" and Booklist describes it as an "astute debut novel that confronts identity, privilege, freedom....with poignancy, insight, humor, and plenty of savvy charm".