by Zen Cho
Could my love of Zen Cho sink even deeper? I'm not sure, but this novella left me giddy with all the good things. It's sharply written, bringing to mind the lackadaisical wit of Wodehouse while containing such a familiar kindredship of an Asian woman in a white country.
This is set in London in 1920. All Jade Yeo (whose real name is Geok Huay) wants is a chance to be a little adventurous and bad for once. She gets her opportunity after writing a negative review of Sebastian Hardie's latest book – the first time they meet, Sebastian seems to be more intrigued by her...
Fantastic novella in the form of the diary of Chinese-Malaysian woman of letters in 1920s London, and her various adventures and romances. Hilarious and touching. Would rec to everyone.