A writer we believe has recently moved to Seattle after spending most of the past decade split between New York City and Shanghai, Lucy Tan makes this welcome first reading visit here for the new paperback release of last year’s well-received, set-in-Shangai debut novel, What We Were Promised (Back Bay).
"Winner of Ploughshares' Emerging Writer award, Lucy Tan draws an astute portrait of a staid family thrown into disarray in this assured first novel. She does not explore the Tolstoyan adage of unhappy families, but rather throws a stone into the still pool of carefully balanced domesticity. With its measuring of expectation against reality, What We Were Promised showcases Tan's sharp eye for the intricacies of human relationships."―Shelf Awareness.
"What We Were Promised glows through its intimate, skillful prose. Tan's debut is a beautiful reckoning with the ever-changing definition of "home" - what it means to have, lose and find family again."―USA Today.