From editorial assistant to copy editor to freelance travel writer, Alice Stephens has had a long and varied career working with the written word. Born in Korea, she has lived on four continents, most recently in Japan, and traveled extensively around the world. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and two sons. Her column, Alice in Wordland, is a regular feature on the Independent’s Books Blog. Be a pioneer and follow her on Twitter at @AliceKSStephens.
94 entries by Alice Stephens
By Rachel Khong
A young woman returns home to care for her ailing father in this millennial coming-of-age story.
By Thrity Umrigar
The past comes back to haunt a biracial man adopted into a prominent white family.
By Lisa Ko
In this tale of immigrants and adoptees, a mother and her son are reunited after a decade of living apart.
By Elizabeth Strout
Intricately linked stories tell of damage and redemption in a small Midwestern town.
By Joan Didion
Occasional flashes of brilliance can't save this flimsy collection unworthy of its author.
By Mohsin Hamid
A couple flees home in a futuristic world where refugees are the new normal.
By Bren McClain
The 1950s Deep South comes alive in this folkloric tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption.
By Katie Kitamura
If love is a mystery, divorce is a thriller.
By Rachel Cusk
The author continues to transcend the boundaries of traditional storytelling in this second installment of a trilogy.
By Peter Ho Davies
Four canny, interlocking stories capture the history and bigotry of the Chinese-American experience.
By A.B. Yehoshua; translated by Stuart Schoffman
A musician returns home to Jerusalem to confront her past and Israel’s present
By Robin Wasserman
This fraught, over-the-top story of angst, sex, and deception aimed at grownups belongs on the young-adult shelf.
By Andrew Michael Hurley
A pilgrimage to a desolate stretch of English coastline is imbued with a crescendo of creepiness
By Janice Y.K. Lee
An escapist page-turner about the intertwined lives of three Americans in Hong Kong.
By Susan Barker
A man receives mysterious letters describing his past lives in this fictitious joyride through Chinese history.
By Eunsun Kim with Sébastien Falletti; translated by David Tian
A gripping glimpse into the horrors of life under the Kim regime and the dangers facing those who flee.
By Aleksandar Hemon
A darkly comic portrait of a man and a country stuck in arrested development.
By Cecily Wong
A sweeping, multigenerational saga tells the story of a fabulously wealthy Chinese-Hawaiian family that harbors dark secrets.
By Suzanne Ma
Through the story of one Chinese immigrant, this case study is a revealing and eye-opening account of modern immigration and the true human cost of what we wear and eat.
By Rachel Cusk
A series of conversations reveal uncomfortable truths about the myriad reasons why relationships fail.
By Chuck Palahniuk
A comic book drawn in words, this is one raunchy novel.
by John Spurling
An illustration of Daoist philosophy, this elegant historical novel portrays the life of Wang Meng, a master of Chinese painting at the dawn of the Ming Dynasty.
In a novel set in post-Tiananmen Square massacre China, the characters struggle with emptiness and solitude.
This sprawling novel of three generations of women whose lives intersect in Shanghai is at its best when the author delves into the details of courtesan life.
A deceptively simple story of a North Korean prisoner of war’s search for a new life in his adopted country of Brazil.
Natsuo Kirino, translated by Rebecca Copeland
This enthralling tale of love, death and sisterhood is a retelling of the Japanese creation myth.
In this age of extended youth, this novel is a Catcher in the Rye for the Millennial set.
Narrated by a nameless, terminally ill woman, this novel portrays the disconnect between Indian emigrants and their American-born children and the bonds that, nonetheless, tie them together.
A metaphysical onion of a novel, this fascinating story plays with ideas of time, memory, quantum mechanics, the computer age, history, writing, reading and much more.
Li Rui, translated by John Balcom
First published in 1996 in China, this novel is a spare, elegant and daring satire of the Cultural Revolution.
An intricate and ambitious novel that strives to capture the essence of modernism and its effect on contemporary society.
This clever “e-pistolary” novel for the Internet age can be read as both a story about one man's quest for maturity and an exegesis on reading and writing fiction.
This first fiction pick of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 is a beautifully written portrait of a mother’s struggles to raise a large family in the face of poverty and oppression.
Young-Ha Kim, translated by Charles La Shure
In this intricate novel, based on true events, Korean emigrants unwittingly flee their failing nation for a life of indentured servitude in the Yucatán.
Scott D. Seligman
This biography of three immigrants from Canton illustrates legalized discrimination against the Chinese in 19th-century America.
This collection of essays looks at Japanese and American “uses of history” to shape national narratives about World War II.
Pauline A. Chen
In a retelling of a classic Chinese novel about women in the Qing Dynasty, the author offers a more modern twist to the ending.
On the heels of the author’s wildly popular "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" comes another inventive novel — the perfect summer read.
Set in the most mind-controlled state on the planet, this wildly inventive novel examines the enigmas of narrative and identity.
This novella captures in prose poem form the immigrant experience of Japanese picture brides in California.