In honor of Asian American Heritage month, Penguin Books is publishing four Asian American novels in their Penguin Classics imprint. The four books include America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan, The Hanging on Union Square by H.T. Tsiang, East Goes West by Younghill Kang, and No-No Boy by John Okada. It’s sad to say that I haven’t read any of them even though America is in the Heart has been on my to read list for decades. I had heard of No-No Boy but not the other two books.
All four were originally published over 60 years ago. This cover from No-No Boy is from a University of Washington Edition published in 1976, nineteen years after the novel first appeared in 1957. The classics editions will all have new forwards and afterwards by contemporary writers and are scheduled to be released on May 21.
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