Stay True A Memoir

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Publisher's Synopsis

A deeply moving memoir about growing up in the 90s, written in the wake of the senseless killing of a beloved friend.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Memoir.


'A quiet, occasionally hilarious, ultimately devastating book . . . the most moving and memorable piece of autobiography I read this year.' - The Independent, 'The Ten Best Books of 2023'

'A powerful and beautifully written meditation on guilt, memory and male friendship' - The Guardian, 'Best Books of the Year'


When Hua Hsu first meets Ken in a Berkeley college dorm room, he hates him. A frat boy with terrible taste in music, Ken seems exactly like everyone else. For Hua, who makes zines and haunts indie record shops, Ken represents all that he defines himself in opposition to - the mainstream. The only thing Hua, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, and Ken, whose Japanese American family has been in the US for generations, have in common is that, however they engage with it, American culture doesn't seem to have a place for either of them.

But despite his first impressions, Hua and Ken become friends, a friendship built on late-night conversations over cigarettes, long drives along the California coast, and the successes and humiliations of everyday college life. And then violently, senselessly, Ken is gone, killed in a carjacking, not even three years after the day they first meet.

Capturing a coming-of-age cut short, and a portrait of a beautiful friendship, Stay True is an intimate memoir about growing up and moving through the world in search of meaning and belonging.

'One of the best nonfiction books about friendship ever, right up there with Patti Smith's Just Kids' - The Atlantic

About the Publisher

Picador

Picador

Picador publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has established a reputation for literary fiction with a broad commercial appeal, groundbreaking non-fiction, (particularly, reportage, literary biography and memoir) and a formidable poetry list, which has consistently won many of the major prizes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781035036370
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
DEWEY: 979.467053092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 5639
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 156g
Height: 198mm
Width: 132mm
Spine width: 13mm