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Sashimi by Yamazato

Shanghai Noir

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017

Kristen Roupenian has been in the news. When we first met at the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Kristen was a bouncy young woman with a ditto ponytail who gave thoughtful commentary during Yiyun Li's fiction workshop. Now Kristen is a rock star. First with the publication of her short story Cat Person in The New Yorker, then with its viral reception and now with the sale of her first short story collection and a debut novel to Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. I'm so proud of Kristen!

Seeing Kristen's bright future, of course, makes me wonder about my own. As much as I like making lists, I've never been one for New Year's resolutions. Besides, saying I want to have my book rights sold in a bidding war sounds more like a letter to Santa than an actionable goal.

My sights for 2018 aim closer to the ground. To become a better bread baker and a more conscientious gardener. To make beautiful things or enjoy them as often as possible like the sashimi pictured above, created by the wonderful Yamazato Restaurant.

And then there are my writing goals. To find an agent. To publish Peace Court. To publish more short stories and essays like "Memory Palace" in the Shanghai Literary Review. To finish writing my set of interlocking novels, The Shanghai Quartet.

Max Lazerich is the American who appears in The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. His story will be the last volume of The Shanghai Quartet. I've already written about the other volumes: Peace Court and Laogai. Now it's Max's turn, a bit of unfinished business from 2017 and a peak into my writing future in 2018. Here it is: The Smell of Opium.

I hope that 2018 delivers to you all that you desire. See you in the new year!

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