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Yang Huang with Kaitlin Solimine / Launch for My Good Son

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Booksmith is thrilled to host the virtual launch for Yang Huang and her new novel, My Good Son. She'll be in conversation with Kaitlin Solimine. This will be a special evening – some of you might remember the warm launch we had for Yang's last book, My Old Faithful – join us!

This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. Event link will be sent to everyone who registers.

You can order **signed copies** of My Good Son here and we'll ship it directly to you (or hold for pickup at our San Francisco shop).

Order Empire of Glass by Kaitlin Solimine here.

We are happy to fulfill orders anywhere in the world – international postage will be invoiced separately. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact [email protected]


About the book

From award-winning author Yang Huang, My Good Son explores the power—and the cost—of parental love. A tailor in post-Tiananmen China, Mr. Cai has one ambition: for his son, Feng, to make something of himself. With harsh discipline and relentless pressure, Mr. Cai succeeds in getting Feng ready to attend a U.S. college, but Feng needs a sponsor. When Mr. Cai meets a closeted American art student named Jude, they hatch a plan to benefit them both—get Feng to the US and help Jude come out to his conservative father. Their scheme will expose the fault lines in both Chinese and American cultures: father-son relationships, familial expectations, gender and sexuality, social status and privilege. Huang's writing abounds with sharp insights and a quiet humor, revealing the complexity of family relationships amidst two rapidly changing cultures.


About the authors

Yang Huang grew up in China and has lived in the United States since 1990. Her novel My Good Son won the UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize. Her linked story collection, My Old Faithful, won the Juniper Prize, and her debut novel, LIVING TREASURES, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal. She works for the University of California, Berkeley and lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Raised in New England, Kaitlin Solimine has considered China a second home for almost two decades. Her debut novel, Empire of Glass (Ig Publishing, 2017) was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her writing has been featured in Guernica Magazine, LitHub, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, China Daily, and more. She is the mother to two young children and lives in San Francisco where she is at work on a new novel and book of essays.


This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.