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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!

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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

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