Aube Rey Lescure is a French-Chinese writer who grew up between Provence in France, northern China and Shanghai. She worked in foreign policy before turning to writing full time. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Best American Essays, Litro and among other publications. River East, River West is her debut novel.

Set in Shanghai in the mid-2000s. It’s a very funny book. It’s often heartbreaking, and it’s a totally riveting read.

Monica Ali