The Silence that Binds Us (Hardcover) - SIGNED BY JOANNA HO

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The Silence That Binds Us

Joanna Ho, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, has written an exquisite, heart-rending debut young adult novel that will inspire all to speak truth to power.

“Powerful and piercing, filled with truth, love, and a heroine who takes back the narrative.” Abigail Hing Wen, New York Times bestselling author of Loveboat, Taipei

“A clarion call to search out, listen to, and uplift the narratives that have been silenced.” —Misa Sugiura, author of This Time Will Be Different

Maybelline Chen isn’t the Chinese Taiwanese American daughter her mother expects her to be. May prefers hoodies over dresses and wants to become a writer. When asked, her mom can’t come up with one specific reason for why she's proud of her only daughter. May’s beloved brother, Danny, on the other hand, is perfect—athletic, smart, popular—and he's just been admitted to Princeton. But Danny secretly struggles with depression, and when he dies by suicide, May's world is shattered.

In the aftermath, racist accusations are hurled against May's parents and other Asian parents for putting too much “pressure” on their kids. May’s father tells her to put her head down. Instead, May challenges these ugly stereotypes through her writing. Yet the consequences of speaking out run much deeper than anyone could foresee. Who gets to tell our stories, and who gets silenced? It’s up to May to take back the narrative.

Joanna Ho masterfully explores timely themes of mental health, racism, and classism.