Charles Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award. He has been nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.
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"[A] sharply observed, darkly humorous evocation of the Asian
--Entertainment Weekly "Satire at its best, a shattering and darkly comic send-up of racial stereotyping in Hollywood . . . presented, perfectly, in the sharply hewed format of a screenplay. . . . Peeling back caricatures to paint vivid individual portraits, Yu eviscerates generalizations with the devastatingly specific."
--Vanity Fair "Bold, even groundbreaking. . . . Interior Chinatown solders together mordant wit and melancholic whimsy to produce a moving exploration of race and assimilation."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Interior Chinatown . . . recalls the humorous and heartfelt short stories of George Saunders, the metafictional high jinks of Mark Leyner, and films like The Truman Show."
--The New York Times "An inventive satire about racial stereotyping."
--Maureen Corrigan, NPR
"Meticulously crafted. . . . Yu tells us about ourselves with his haunting depictions of the immigrant experience, familial relationships, and the abiding desire to break from the pressures of conformity and live an authentic life."
--Los Angeles Review of Books "Part novel, part screenplay, part screed, and part sociology, this National Book Award winner is always funny and pretty savage."
"Yu has a devilish good time poking fun at the racially blinkered ways of Hollywood. . . . [Interior Chinatown is] rollicking fun, and its reclamation of Asian American history, with all its attendant sorrows and hopes, holds out the possibility of a new, true story ahead."
--New York Journal of Books "Honest, funny, sad, and necessary satire."
--Thrillist "Like nothing you've read before--a moving and transportive work abounding with risks that pay off."
"Passionate and clever. . . . A caustic, absurd, and endearing exploration of Asian American stereotypes, police procedurals, and the immigrant experience."
"A stunning novel about identity, race, societal expectations, and crippling anxiety told with humor and affection and a deep understanding of human nature."
--The Washington Independent Review of Books
"Conflates history, sociology, and ethnography with the timeless evils of racism, sexism, and elitism in a multigenerational epic that's both rollicking entertainment and scathing commentary."
--Booklist (starred review)