Stay True by Hua Hsu

Doubleday

9780385547772

STARRED REVIEW

Stay True

Hua Hsu’s remarkable memoir examines the reverberations of a friendship frozen in time by untimely death.

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Review of ‘Stay True’

Stay True is a memoir born of trauma. In the summer of 1998, Hua Hsu's friend and classmate Ken Ishida was murdered in a carjacking just before the start of their senior year at the University of California, Berkeley. However, this is not an account of that event. Instead, Stay True examines the reverberations of…

Interview with Hua Hsu

Ever since his friend was murdered in 1998, Hua Hsu has been searching for a way to capture the feeling of their time together.

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