Praise for
Good Girls Marry Doctors

“There’s a point in the life of a ‘good Asian’ when you realize that being ‘good’ is not enough. Not enough to keep others happy, and certainly not enough to be happy yourself. Good Girls Marry Doctors celebrates and affirms our very imperfect inner lives. These are the stories we need to get free.”

—Jenny Yang
Stand-up Comedian; Producer of Disoriented Comedy and The Comedy Comedy Festival

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“Being a model minority or a good girl is not simply complicity, but the way that power structures are ingrained into our quotidian lives and our relationships with our family, friends, and those we love. Good Girls Marry Doctors is a beautiful testimony to the complexities and complicities of being a good South Asian daughter, since being a good anything means that someone else must be marked as bad. Race, gender and immigration aren’t just words – they are ways we live. In these stories – intimate, heart-breaking, funny – you will hear of mothers who tell off the KKK, the oppressive gossip of aunties, and the symbolic resonance that can vibrate from a Vitamix.”

—Ken Chen
Author of Juvenilia; Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

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“I saw my life and self in so many of these wonderful essays by South Asian women. It takes such courage to expose our families, with all their flaws and gifts alike, as we make our way through a nation that can be so ambivalent about our presence. This is a groundbreaking yet accessible book, and a worthy read for South Asian American women, and for anyone who loves us.”

—Rinku Sen
Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation; Publisher of Colorlines

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“Heartfelt, introspective, and occasionally hilarious, these essays offer a wink and an escape route for women who are destined to be so much more than ‘good girls.'”

—Mira Jacob
Author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award

 

Honors, Awards, and Distinctions

Winner of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Named a “Best Nonfiction Book of 2016” by Entropy Magazine
Named an “Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016” by NBC News

 

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