Vanessa Hua

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Vanessa Hua is author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Willow Books Literature Grand Prize. She is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and her two novels are forthcoming from Ballantine. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award for Fiction, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, PRI’s The World, ZYZZYVA, Guernica, and elsewhere.


Cover Photo: detail of Onna yu ("Bathhouse Women") by Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815)

My mother, sister, and I thought we’d fit in at the Japanese spa. Then we found out what “bathing suit optional” actually means.

Sep 30, 2016