By Pauline Fontanaud |Staff Writer|
In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, here are five novels by authors of Asian descent.
“Silence” by Japanese author Shusaku Endo, is the story of a persecuted Jesuit missionary sent to Japan.
“This book is brutal, crazy beautiful, and I literally cried. It has to do with God staying silent when his believers suffer, and the main character comes up with his own answer,” said student Nick Vera.
A movie adaptation by Martin Scorsese is in production.
“Of Love and Other Monsters” by Vandana Singh, tells the story of 17 year-old Arun who emerges from a fire with no memories of his previous life. He soon realizes he has the unique ability to sense and manipulate the minds of others around him.
“Stories of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang is a collection of narratives in which the characters must confront the most unexpected changes in their lives, while trying to maintain some sense of normalcy.
This piece of work will soon be adapted into a movie starring Amy Adams.
“On the Other Side of the Eye” is a collection of poems by the award-winning Laotian American author Bryan Thao Worra. His speculative poems transport us to the secret edges of the human soul and the universe.
“The Gangster We Are All Looking for” by Thi Diem Thuy Le relates the life of a Vietnamese family in America.
“A little girl narrates like poetry about a family of refugees. It’s not a traditional story, which made it much more breathtaking,” said student Jessica Garcez.