The Tiger Mom’s Tale
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Published by: Berkley/Penguin Random House
Release Date: July 6, 2021
When an American woman inherits the wealth of her Taiwanese family, she travels to confront them about their betrayals of the past in this stunning debut by Lyn Liao Butler.
Lexa Thomas has never quite fit in. Having grown up in a family of blondes while more closely resembling Constance Wu, she’s neither white enough nor Asian enough. Visiting her father in Taiwan as a child, Lexa thought she’d finally found a place where she belonged. But that was years ago, and even there, some never truly considered her to be Taiwanese.
When her estranged father dies unexpectedly, leaving the fate of his Taiwanese family in Lexa’s hands, her safe life in New York City is no longer enough. She is faced with the choice to return to Taiwan and claim her place in her heritage... or leave her Taiwanese family to lose their home for good.
Armed with the advice of two half-sisters (one American and the other Taiwanese who can’t stand each other), a mother who has reevaluated her sexuality, and a man whose kisses make her walk into walls, Lexa finally confronts the person who drove her away from Taiwan all those decades ago. As the truth of the last fateful summer in Taiwan slowly unfolds, Lexa must stand up for herself and open her heart to family and love, or allow the repercussions of her family’s choices to forever dictate the path of her life.Add on Goodreads
Praise for The Tiger Mom's Tale
“Butler’s riveting debut follows a half-white personal trainer who reconnects with her Taiwanese family after her biological father’s death…Butler weaves in convincing descriptions of Lexa’s navigating of the dating scene and the fetishizing of Asian women, and depicts a fascinatingly complex antagonist in Pin-Yen, who by the end must contend with the effect of her past actions. Butler breathes zesty new life into women’s fiction.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The Tiger Mom’s Tale is a heartfelt, delightful read. Lyn Liao Butler’s story of Taiwanese and American identity had me turning pages and laughing (and drooling over the delicious descriptions of food).”—Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award
“Sharp and humorous, The Tiger Mom’s Tale is a scenic, debut novel with a cast of complicated characters sure to bring laughter and discussion to your next book club. I can’t wait to read what Lyn Liao Butler writes next!”—Tif Marcelo, USA Today Bestselling author of The Key to Happily Ever After
“The Tiger Mom’s Tale is a breathtaking debut from a compelling new voice in women’s fiction. With captivating characters and vivid descriptions of mouth-watering meals, Lyn Liao Butler whisks us from the bright lights of New York City to the bustle of Taichung. A story of belonging, betrayal, and the bonds between family that can never be broken, The Tiger Mom’s Tale is a deeply emotional and satisfying read.”—Kristin Rockaway, author of She’s Faking It
“The Tiger Mom’s Tale has it all—family drama, scorching love, vivid transcontinental settings, and culinary scenes that made me drool. A charming, engrossing debut from Lyn Liao Butler.”—Kimmery Martin, author of The Antidote for Everything
“With a keen eye for detail and a lush appreciation for the joys and comforts of food, Lyn Liao Butler delves into the complicated bonds of family, the endurance of sisterhood, and the fundamental yearning to connect with our heritage.”—Allie Larkin, internationally bestselling author of Swimming for Sunlight