Paper Names

Susie Luo


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Oldcastle Books Ltd
21 March 2024
ISBN: 9780857308559
224 pages

From the publisher

Taut, panoramic and powerful; Paper Names is an unforgettable debut about the long shadows of our parents, the ripple effects of our decisions and the ways in which our love transcends difference.

Outside a New York apartment building, an attempted mugging alters the lives of three people:

Tony, a Chinese-born engineer turned Manhattan doorman, who immigrated to the United States to give his family a better life.

His daughter, Tammy, who grapples with the expectations surrounding a first-generation American as she grows into an ambitious young woman.

And Oliver, a charming white lawyer with a dark family secret, who is continuously propelled towards Tammy and Tony, whether by fate or his choices.

Set across two countries and three decades, Paper Names explores what it means to be American from three different perspectives. As Tony, Tammy and Oliver each strive for their own American dream, and make sacrifices to attain it, every joyous and heartbreaking twist in their stories begs the question: was it all worth it?