Hello, dear reader. I'm Carolyn, an author and reformed tech worker. My work focuses on Vietnamese American identity, diasporic witches of the west coast, and tall-tales my mother would tell me in a humorous way.In the literature world, I am represented by Jordan Hill at New Leaf Literary. For film/tv, I am represented by Laura Reddy and Jen Trofa at Range Media Partners.My debut novel THE FORTUNES OF JADED WOMEN is out now from Atria and was a Good Morning America book club pick. I am currently working on my next book, THE BREADWINNER -- also with Atria, forthcoming Spring 2025.You can usually find me in a dog park somewhere in Los Angeles with my chaotic dog, or sometimes in Ho Chi Minh City, having iced coffee on a rooftop or hopping on the back of a scooter.
The Fortunes of Jaded Women
ATRIA / sept 6 2022
GOOD MORNING AMERICA SEPT 2022 PICK
Everyone in Orange County’s Little Saigon knew that the Duong sisters were cursed.It started with their ancestor Oanh who dared to leave her marriage for true love—so a fearsome Vietnamese witch cursed Oanh and her descendants so that they would never find love or happiness, and the Duong women would give birth to daughters, never sons.Oanh’s current descendant Mai Nguyen knows this curse well. She’s divorced, and after an explosive disagreement a decade ago, she’s estranged from her younger sisters, Minh Pham (the middle and the mediator) and Khuyen Lam (the youngest who swears she just runs humble coffee shops and nail salons, not Little Saigon’s underground). Though Mai’s three adult daughters, Priscilla, Thuy, and Thao, are successful in their careers (one of them is John Cho’s dermatologist!), the same can’t be said for their love life. Mai is convinced they might drive her to an early grave.Desperate for guidance, she consults Auntie Hua, her trusted psychic in Hawaii, who delivers an unexpected prediction: this year, her family will witness a marriage, a funeral, and the birth of a son. This prophecy will reunite estranged mothers, daughters, aunts, and cousins—for better or for worse.A multi-narrative novel brimming with levity and candor, The Fortunes of Jaded Women is about mourning, meddling, celebrating, and healing together as a family. It shows how Vietnamese women emerge victorious, even if the world is against them.
PRAISE/MEDIA FOR FORTUNES
Subtle Asian Book Club September pick
Very Asian Foundation September book club pick
Amazon Best Book of September 2022
Authentic Books Subscription Selection
SIBA Read This Next Selection for September
Buzzfeed’s Books Favorites Newsletter
#5 Goodreads September Movers & Shakers
ATRIA / COMING 2024
11/30/22 - I HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING OUT!!! Forthcoming 2024 with Atria, THE BREADWINNER!
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