Fiction about women supporting women? A cast of characters that is almost entirely POC? Nuanced discussion of international adoption and the trauma of assimilation? Yes please.
Funny in Farsi offers funny but genuine insights on immigration, womanhood, education, cultural disparities, cultural universalities, and domestic life as both a daughter and a wife and mother.
Going to college has changed immensely in the last 10-15 years, and writers from older generations are, frankly, unequipped to represent it in a genuine way. Alice Oseman is a Millennial herself, and has experienced the unique pressures that come along with higher education nowadays, and her expertise on the subject shows.
I would have appreciated this book if it was just a collection of stories about this particular family so rife with secrets, but Ng does more than that. The story itself in Everything I Never Told You is compelling in the way only real life can be.