Stay True

Hua Hsu

Stay True
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Pan Macmillan
Country
United Kingdom
Published
28 November 2023
Pages
208
ISBN
9781035036660

Stay True

Hua Hsu

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Memoir

A Best Book of the Year: New York Times, Vogue, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, TIME, Rolling Stone

When Hua Hsu first meets Ken in a Berkeley 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 a deeply moving and intimate memoir about growing up and moving through the world in search of meaning and belonging.

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