Docile

Memoirs of a Not-So-Perfect Asian Girl

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Pub Date Jul 16 2024 | Archive Date Aug 13 2024

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For readers of Crying in H Mart and Minor Feelings as well as lovers of the film Minari comes a searing coming-of-age memoir about the daughter of ambitious Asian American immigrants and her search for self-worth.

A daughter of Korean immigrants, Hyeseung Song spends her earliest years in the cane fields of Texas where her loyalties are divided between a restless father in search of Big Money, and a beautiful yet domineering mother whose resentments about her own life compromises her relationship with her daughter. With her parents at constant odds, Song learns more words in Korean for hatred than for love. When the family’s fake Gucci business lands them in bankruptcy, Song moves to a new elementary school. On her first day, a girl asks the teacher: “Can she speak English?”

Neither rich nor white, Song does what is necessary to be visible: she internalizes the model minority myth as well as her beloved mother’s dreams to see her on a secure path. Song meets these expectations by attending the best Ivy League universities in the country. But when she wavers, in search of an artistic life on her own terms, her mother warns, “Happiness is what unexceptional people tell themselves when they don’t have the talent and drive to go after real success.” Years of self-erasure take a toll and Song experiences recurring episodes of depression and mania. A thought repeats: I want to die. I want to die. Song enters a psychiatric hospital where she meets patients with similar struggles. So begins her sweeping journey to heal herself by losing everything.

Unflinching and lyrical, Docile is one woman’s story of subverting the model minority myth, contending with mental illness, and finding her self-worth by looking within.
For readers of Crying in H Mart and Minor Feelings as well as lovers of the film Minari comes a searing coming-of-age memoir about the daughter of ambitious Asian American immigrants and her search...

Advance Praise

"A scorchingly honest, beautiful, hugely evocative memoir."

— Helen MacDonald, New York Times bestselling author of H is for Hawk

"A revelation, a celebration of resilience, and a testament to the power of art to heal and transform."

— Chloé Cooper Jones, two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and author of Easy Beauty

"A savagely beautiful memoir."

— David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly


"A scorchingly honest, beautiful, hugely evocative memoir."

— Helen MacDonald, New York Times bestselling author of H is for Hawk

"A revelation, a celebration of resilience, and a testament to the...


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PAGES 304

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