My name is Yi Shun Lai (say “yeeshun” for my first name). I’m a writer and editor, and have been for the entirety of my professional life. I’m a co-owner and editor of the Tahoma Literary Review and the author of Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu (Shade Mountain Press, 2016). I write, teach, and speak regularly on communication across the board, from business to literature. Sign up for my newsletter to find out more and to stay in touch!
Marty Wu, compulsive reader of advice manuals, is easily flustered. With a job she longs to quit and a formidable mother who’s impossible to please, she ricochets between the stress of New York and the warmth of extended family in Taiwan. Strewn with bi-cultural wisecracks, Marty’s diary reveals her anxieties and frustrations, her pipe dream to open a boutique costume shop, and her discovery of family secrets old and new.
2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor semi-finalist