LILY NARCISSUS by Jonathan Lerner
Surrounded by expats and intrigue, in Vietnam War era Asia where the suburban life they knew is just a memory, an American family is irrevocably changed. Lily crafts herself a new persona and purpose, eclipsing her diplomat husband. Their kids grow up to play opposing roles in the war. Mysterious Rocky may be Lily's friend, or her lover. In a continent aflame, will her family hold together or whirl apart?
Publication Date: Oct. 20, 2022
Praise for Jonathan Lerner
For all its grit and grime, its festering benjo ditches, sweat-drenched coolies and dog-snatching degenerates, Taipei is recalled with affection. As Lauren relays her family’s story — interlacing her narrative with extracts from her late mother’s letters — we discover that Taipei was about the closest thing to home the Norrells had.
James Baron, Taipei Times
"Lily Narcissus is at once intimate family portrait and panoramic world history that tracks the disastrous consequences of America's involvement in Asia in the second half of the 20th century. With precision and restraint, Lerner illuminates some essential mystery at the heart of other people and our understanding of them. It's beautiful, wise, lucid, and disarming. I was seduced, then devastated."
Andrew Palmer, author of The Bachelor
Media and More
Taipei Times: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2022/09/01/2003784534
The East Asia Book Review: https://bookish.asia/lily-narcissus-jonathan-lerner/
The East Asia Book Review Interview: https://bookish.asia/author-interview-jonathan-lerner/