Asako Serizawa with Akil Kumarasamy
One of 2020’s stellar fiction debuts not exactly helped by having everything shut down, Asako Serizawa’s award-winning, wide-ranging first book, Inheritors (Anchor, newly in paper), did and has found readers, and should now find even more with its paperback release. Born in Japan, and residing in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo, along the way to her present home in Boston, Asako Serizawa has fashioned a beautifully complex series of stories of multiple generations, in Asia and in the U.S., over tumultuous decades. Inheritors received the PEN/Open Book Award and The Story Prize Spotlight Award.
“Powerful, intelligent. . . . A book that deserves to become a crucial pillar in the literature of war. . . . Inheritors reveals an author of fierce intellect looking at war legacies from this angle and that, working her way into their nuances. By deconstructing the toolkit of the novel, Serizawa dodges the inevitability of a war narrative to offer a wistful hope or a melodramatic tragedy. Instead, she creates a more powerful form in which she can align the pieces to magnify each other like the lenses of a telescope.” —Kenyon Review.
“This splendid book is a sword through the heart. Asako Serizawa depicts with rare acuity and nuance several generations of one far-flung family as it’s buffeted by the forces of war, migration,displacement, and that ultimate crucible, time.”—Ben Fountain.
Joining Asako Serizawa in conversation will be Akil Kumarasamy, author of the brilliant book of stories, Half Gods.