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