Genre: young adult, fantasy, historical fiction
Diversity tags: author of color (chinese american); poc representation (chinese-inspired world); lgbtq+ representation (bisexual; polyamory)
Publication date: 21 September
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Cover: Ashley Mackenzie (artist)
- Violence and abuse, footbinding, suicide ideation, discussion and references to sexual assault (though no on-page depictions), alcohol addiction, and torture.
About the Author
Xiran Jay Zhao is a first-gen immigrant from small-town China who was raised by the Internet. A recent graduate of Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, they wrote science fiction and fantasy while they probably should have been studying more about biochemical pathways. You can find them on Twitter for memes, Instagram for cosplays and fancy outfits, and YouTube for long videos about Chinese history and culture. Iron Widow is their first novel.