Real Americans

Rachel Khong


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Hutchinson Heinemann
29 April 2024
ISBN: 9781529153705
416 pages

From the publisher

'A mesmerizing multigenerational novel' BRIT BENNETT

'Beautifully written' STYLIST

'Insightful and heartfelt' GLAMOUR

'Easy to inhale' GUARDIAN

'Mesmerizing' BRIT BENNETT, author of THE VANISHING HALF


On the precipice of Y2K, unpaid intern Lily Chen is attempting to live the American dream in New York City. But her scientist parents imagined so much more for her when they fled Mao's cultural revolution, hoping for a better life. Despite the glamour of her media job, Lily can barely make rent - until she falls into the arms of Matthew. This young financier can give her a fairy tale life of luxury, and for the first time her dreams appear within reach.

High school student Nick Chen and his best friend Timothy are plotting to break free. College promises escape from an isolated and close-knit island in Washington State, space from his strict and secretive mum Lily, and the chance to finally fit in. But when Nick sets out to find his long-lost father, a world of questions opens, and it is one unexpected member of the Chen family who holds the key to it all.

Real Americans is a family epic about identity, sacrifice, choices and fate. It is a wildly imaginative and profound story of betrayal and forgiveness that asks us how far we should go for those we love.

'Traverses time with verve and feeling' RAVEN LEILANI, author of LUSTER

'An eye-opener, imaginative and exhilarating' HA JIN, author of WAITING

'Gorgeous, heartfelt, soaring, philosophical and deft' ANDREW SEAN GREER, author of LESS