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Yellowface marks the literary debut from the bestselling fantasy author of Babel and the Poppy War series. Kuang puts issues such as cultural appropriation and the lack of diversity in publishing under fire in this satirical novel about a white woman who becomes a bestselling author after publishing the stolen manuscript of her late friend and rising Asian American writer. 

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384 pages

Average rating: 6.75




Community Reviews

May 14, 2024
8/10 stars
I was hooked by the story immediately but found myself increasingly frustrated by the main character. Although, perhaps that was the point
May 14, 2024
7/10 stars
This was good!
May 13, 2024
7/10 stars
R. F. Kuang’s novel “Yellowface” is an amalgamation of satire, thriller, and ghost story. Yet while the ghostly portions are present, it’s a less haunting tale because of Kuang’s unreliable narrator. This satirical novel takes readers on a thrilling journey through the eyes of June, a writer, who struggles to make it in the cut-throat world of publishing. June takes advantage of her friend Athena’s untimely demise (I cannot think of pancakes in more
May 05, 2024
3/10 stars
3.5 stars
Apr 30, 2024
7/10 stars
I initially thought this book would be difficult to review because I couldn’t get over the wretchedness of the narrator. It’s been a few days since I’ve finished, and while the narrator remains abhorrent, I can finally gather my thoughts. What initially drew me to the text was the promise of tackling discussions about race, cultural appropriation, and the horrors of the publishing industry. On that note, Kuang delivers. Though I wouldn’t say more

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