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Jade Moon Le: On Writing a New Kind of Coming-of-Age Novel

Jade Moon Le grew up in a traditional Chinese matriarchal family permeated by the Portuguese and British influence of Hong Kong and Macau. Her playmates spoke many languages, yet they learned to understand each other, initiating Le's curiosity in studying languages and observing people. A devoted bookworm since childhood, Le currently lives in California. Find her on Twitter and Facebook . In this post, Jade discusses the nonlinear approach she took in writing her new literary fiction novel, Invisible Orphans , her hope for readers, and more! Name: Jade Moon Le Literary agent: Pat Walsh (US), Chandler Crawford (Foreign) Book title: Invisible Orphans Publisher: Rare Bird Books Genre/category: Literary Fiction Elevator pitch for the book: With a deeply yet innovative structure that expertly mirrors the mind's process of addressing shock and heartbreak, rather than the traditional, linear narrative found in most other novels, Invisible Orphans reveals the mosaic-like emotional journey of a young kindergarten teacher from Hong Kong from the depths of tragedy to becoming whole again. What prompted you to write this book? I wanted to write a novel the journey from tragedy to catharsis that was authentic to the actual experience, in a way that, to my knowledge, hadn't been done before. I wanted to create a novel based on the distinctive experience of tragedy, a new type of coming-of-age or metamorphosis, to bring the character through this process. Scar tissue be ugly, but it's tough. The brain is self-healing. It isn't a DVR […]

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