Allegiance by Darien Hsu Gee, IPPY Book Award Bronze Winner


Allegiance by Darien Hsu Gee, IPPY Book Award Bronze Winner

Evidence of my life is everywhere.

What does it mean to be Chinese American? How are we reflected in the people we love, and us in them? What obligation do we have to those who share our blood, and how does a woman claim her life as her own? In vivid and evocative flashes of prose, Darien Hsu Gee dissects her beliefs and navigates the complexity of family dynamics in search of her identity.

“Arresting … this poignant, poetic memoir will draw readers in.” —BookLife (Editor’s Pick)

“Taut and lyrical.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gee is a marvelously direct writer of powerful autobiographical vignettes, each one telling in its quiet ferocity for personal revelation, each a momentary, lyric ascent above everyday confusion.” —Garrett Hongo, author of Coral Road: Poems

2021 IPPY Award Winner (Bronze, Essays) – Independent Book Publisher Awards

Darien Hsu Gee is the author of five novels published by Penguin Random House that have been translated into 11 languages. She won the 2019 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship award for Other Small Histories and the 2015 Hawai‘i Book Publishers’ Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence for Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir. She is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Gee holds a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A. from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She lives with her family on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

Photo Credit: Darrin Gee

Darien Hsu Gee

Release Date: October 2020
114 pages

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