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Stay True

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Hua Hsu

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Memoir

A deeply moving memoir about growing up in the 90s, written in the wake of the senseless killing of a beloved friend.

‘One of the best nonfiction books about friendship ever, right up there with Patti Smith’s Just Kids’ The Atlantic

When Hua Hsu first meets Ken in a Berkeley college dorm room, he hates him. A frat boy with terrible taste in music, Ken seems exactly like everyone else.

For Hua, who makes zines and haunts indie record shops, Ken represents all that he defines himself in opposition to the mainstream. The only thing Hua, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, and Ken, whose Japanese American family has been in the US for generations, have in common is that, however they engage with it, American culture doesn’t seem to have a place for either of them. But despite his first impressions, Hua and Ken become friends, a friendship built on late-night conversations over cigarettes, long drives along the California coast, and the successes and humiliations of everyday college life.

And then violently, senselessly, Ken is gone, killed in a carjacking, not even three years after the day they first meet. Capturing a coming-of-age cut short, and a portrait of a beautiful friendship, Stay True is an intimate memoir about growing up and moving through the world in search of meaning and belonging.

‘Impossible to put down . . . profoundly moving’ The Guardian

‘A glorious, unforgettable book’ – Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing

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