Excess Baggage Author Karen Ma Featured in Lit Magazine


China Books author Karen Ma, author of Excess Baggage, has been making the rounds of late, featuring in a number of articles, the Sinica Podast and festivals in Beijing and Shanghai. Below are links to the latest articles. You can see where she’s been featured here.

A review of Excess Baggage in Cha, a Hong Kong based English literary journal:

Torn asunder by the weight of their nation’s history and by devastating personal choices, a Chinese family struggles to preserve their bond across national borders and overcome a guilt that cuts deep. Depicting the quest of an immigrant family marooned in Tokyo, Karen Ma’s first novel, Excess Baggage, is a pleasing addition to Anglophone literature written by members of the Chinese diaspora. Following the footsteps of Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan, Ma examines the rootlessness and displacement experienced by transnational citizens, their unique quest for identity, belonging and their sense of home.

An interview with author and critic Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang:

KM: I believe writing a novel that’s relevant to the real world and that can help readers make sense of what’s happening around them that is hugely important. China has emerged as a key player in the new order now, yet many people from the West are still grappling with what the Chinese are really about.

Make sure to check out the product page for Excess Baggage too!

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