Penguin Putnam An extraordinary debut about second-generation Asian-American women trying to live up to society’s high standards, as well as their own.
Even though it’s been ten years since their Houston high school days, co-valedictorians and best friends Whitney Lee, Hercules Huang, and Audrey Henley still delight in their once-a-month get-togethers where they talk, laugh, and confide in each other— although not about everything. Because each young woman has a deep, dark secret they think they could never share. Not even with their best friends. Then, during a girls’ weekend getaway, these three friends wind up revealing their most intimate truths—and realize that to get straight As in the real world, all you have to do is let go of the need to be perfect…
Baker & Taylor In the ten years since their high-school graduation, Whitney Lee, Hercules Huang, and Audrey Henley have continued to meet once a month to renew their long-time friendship and confide in one another, until during a weekend getaway, the three friends reveal their most intimate hidden secrets, in a novel about second-generation Asian-American women's lives. A first novel. Original.
Blackwell North Amer If there's one thing these three friends can agree on, it's that being a high-achieving Asian-American woman can mean a lot of pressure. Whitney Lee works at a law firm, but no one - not even her best friends - knows about her fantasies of making it as a singer. Restaurateur Hercules Huang is poised to be the next big name in the cooking world, but her strained relationship with her unassimilated father mars her accomplishments. Audrey Henley, the adopted daughter of Texas billionaires, is thrilled when her less than wealthy boyfriend proposes, but her mother worries that Audrey is repeating the mistakes Mrs. Henley made decades ago. They're the closest of friends, who still need to learn to trust one another. But through dinners, a weekend getaway, and shared setups and letdowns, these three realize that sometimes, to live the life of your dreams, all you have to do is let go of the need to be perfect.