Stay True

Author:   Hua Hsu
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
ISBN:  

9781035036660


Pages:   208
Publication Date:   14 September 2023
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Format:   Paperback
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Memoir A Best Book of the Year: New York Times, Vogue, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, TIME, Rolling Stone 'One of the best nonfiction books about friendship ever, right up there with Patti Smith's Just Kids' - The Atlantic When Hua Hsu first meets Ken in a Berkeley dorm room, he hates him. A frat boy with terrible taste in music, Ken seems exactly like everyone else. For Hua, who makes zines and haunts indie record shops, Ken represents all that he defines himself in opposition to - the mainstream. The only thing Hua, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, and Ken, whose Japanese American family has been in the US for generations, have in common is that, however they engage with it, American culture doesn't seem to have a place for either of them. But despite his first impressions, Hua and Ken become friends, a friendship built on late-night conversations over cigarettes, long drives along the California coast, and the successes and humiliations of everyday college life. And then violently, senselessly, Ken is gone, killed in a carjacking, not even three years after the day they first meet. Capturing a coming-of-age cut short, and a portrait of a beautiful friendship, Stay True is a deeply moving and intimate memoir about growing up and moving through the world in search of meaning and belonging. 'A glorious, unforgettable book' - Patrick Radden Keefe

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Author:   Hua Hsu
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
Imprint:   Picador
ISBN:  

9781035036660


ISBN 10:   1035036665
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   14 September 2023
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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This book is exquisite and excruciating and I will be thinking about it for years and years to come -- Rachel Kushner, author of <i>The Mars Room</i> Quietly wrenching . . . This is a memoir that gathers power through accretion — all those moments and gestures that constitute experience, the bits and pieces that coalesce into a life * The New York Times * A luminous and tender-hearted story. . . Stay True is a nuanced and beautiful evocation of young adulthood in all its sloppy, exuberant glory * The Wall Street Journal * [Hsu writes] with devastating emotional precision, questioning the possibility of meaning in tragedy and the value of the stories we tell while attempting to find it . . . an extraordinary, devotional act of friendship * The Washington Post * A beautiful memoir that goes deep into the heart of friendships * The Financial Times * I was softly heartbroken by Stay True . . . [A] once-in-a-lifetime book -- Jia Tolentino, author Trick Mirror This is writing at its best . . . one of those books that is the sum total of a writer’s life in thinking, craft, and curiosity, made felt at last, so that when the sentences come, they come with a deliberate, patient, and precise force -- Ocean Vuong, author of <i>On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous</i> Not since Ann Patchett wrote about her friend Lucy Grealy in Truth and Beauty has there been such an achingly tender book about a platonic friendship * Los Angeles Times * Funny and wise . . . What a gift it is to remember the people you loved, and who loved you, while you were busy becoming yourself * The Atlantic * Stay True is about the beautiful, unpredictable alchemy of how friendship—particularly male friendship—forms in the first place * GQ * A moving portrait of a persona undone by tragedy * Vogue *


At once a coming-of-age memoir, a devastating elegy for a departed friend, and a mixtape of all the music and other shards of culture and experience that coalesce into an identity, Stay True is wildly original . . . A glorious, unforgettable book -- Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Empire of Pain and Say Nothing This book is exquisite and excruciating and I will be thinking about it for years and years to come -- Rachel Kushner, author of <i>The Mars Room</i> Quietly wrenching . . . This is a memoir that gathers power through accretion — all those moments and gestures that constitute experience, the bits and pieces that coalesce into a life * The New York Times * A luminous and tender-hearted story. . . Stay True is a nuanced and beautiful evocation of young adulthood in all its sloppy, exuberant glory * The Wall Street Journal * [Hsu writes] with devastating emotional precision, questioning the possibility of meaning in tragedy and the value of the stories we tell while attempting to find it . . . an extraordinary, devotional act of friendship * The Washington Post * A beautiful memoir that goes deep into the heart of friendships * The Financial Times * I was softly heartbroken by Stay True . . . [A] once-in-a-lifetime book -- Jia Tolentino, author Trick Mirror This is writing at its best . . . one of those books that is the sum total of a writer’s life in thinking, craft, and curiosity, made felt at last, so that when the sentences come, they come with a deliberate, patient, and precise force -- Ocean Vuong, author of <i>On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous</i> Not since Ann Patchett wrote about her friend Lucy Grealy in Truth and Beauty has there been such an achingly tender book about a platonic friendship * Los Angeles Times * Funny and wise . . . What a gift it is to remember the people you loved, and who loved you, while you were busy becoming yourself * The Atlantic * Stay True is about the beautiful, unpredictable alchemy of how friendship—particularly male friendship—forms in the first place * GQ * A moving portrait of a persona undone by tragedy * Vogue *


This book is exquisite and excruciating and I will be thinking about it for years and years to come -- Rachel Kushner, author of <i>The Mars Room</i> Quietly wrenching . . . This is a memoir that gathers power through accretion — all those moments and gestures that constitute experience, the bits and pieces that coalesce into a life * The New York Times * A luminous and tender-hearted story. . . Stay True is a nuanced and beautiful evocation of young adulthood in all its sloppy, exuberant glory * The Wall Street Journal * [Hsu writes] with devastating emotional precision, questioning the possibility of meaning in tragedy and the value of the stories we tell while attempting to find it . . . an extraordinary, devotional act of friendship * The Washington Post * A beautiful memoir that goes deep into the heart of friendships * The Financial Times * I was softly heartbroken by Stay True . . . [A] once-in-a-lifetime book -- Jia Tolentino, author Trick Mirror


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Hua Hsu is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He teaches at Bard College and is the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific. Stay True was named one of the 'Ten Best Books of 2022' by The New York Times, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Memoir or Autobiography and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Originally from the Bay Area, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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