A friend told me about Wendy Lee and her lovely new novel Across a Green Ocean, so of course I had to ask Wendy Lee to share the books on her nightstand. Subsequently, her novel is on my nightstand right now. Take a look at what Wendy’s reading. You might find some new books to add to your reading stack.
I’m currently reading the anthology Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York edited by Sari Bottom. As a recent transplant from New York to Los Angeles, I can identify with a lot of these writers, which include Alexander Chee, Porochista Khakpour, and Adelle Waldman. Despite having to deal with crowded subways, bitter winters, tiny apartments, and the impossibly high cost of living, there’s really nothing like being a New Yorker.
I’m also reading Friendship by Emily Gould, which is the story of two young women who are best friends in New York City; as they enter their thirties, their lives inevitably start to diverge. Reading this made me nostalgic for my early years as an editorial assistant at a large publishing house, living in a brownstone with a roommate and cats, trying to write my first novel, practically broke but enjoying everything the city had to offer.
Can you sense a theme here?
Wendy Lee is the author of the novel Across a Green Ocean (Kensington, 2015), about a Chinese-American family dealing with the immigration experience, long-held secrets, and learning how to forgive. Her first novel, Happy Family (Grove, 2008), was named one of the top debut novels of the year by Booklist. You can find out more about her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.