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The debut short story collection from Jean Chen Ho is centered on the decades-long friendship between two Taiwanese American women. Fiona and Jane follows the titular characters from adolescence through adulthood as they wrestle with the complicated feelings that accompany grief, growing up, and the importance of home. The kind of friendship Fiona and Jane have is a precious entity—built on tremendous care despite whatever physical or emotional distance separates them through the years—and Ho expertly showcases that through her thoughtful narratives. The connected stories, which find the women on opposite sides of the country, highlight the power of female friendship and the immense amount of love Fiona and Jane have for each other. —Annabel Gutterman

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