Watch Celeste Ng discuss ‘Our Missing Hearts’

Author Celeste Ng will be joining the LA Times Book Club on December 8th to talk about her new best-selling book, Our Missing Hearts.

You can follow Ng’s conversation with Times columnist Patt Morrison live at 6 p.m. Pacific on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for Eventbrite to get direct watch links and autographed books.

Our Missing Hearts is the story of a 12-year-old boy named Bird growing up in a near-future plagued by great fear and oppression.

Bird’s Chinese-American mother, a poet and activist, had abandoned the family and gone into hiding years earlier. But when the boy receives a mysterious letter from his mother, he is drawn into a quest to find her.

Ng’s foray into speculative fiction “sounds really different” from the Midwest suburban settings of her earlier novels, she admitted in an interview with the Times. “And yet, how dystopian is it? And I think most readers think so. The usual thing I’ve heard in bits and pieces from Twitter or from readers’ emails is that it’s actually not that dystopian. It feels frighteningly real.”

Ng published her debut novel Everything I Never Told You in 2014. 2017 followed Little Fires Everywhere, a bestseller adapted into a popular Hulu series starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Kerry Washington in a scene from "Little fires everywhere."

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Kerry Washington in a scene from Little Fires Everywhere.


Our Missing Hearts is the Book Club’s December selection. In January, we read “Rough Sleepers” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder. get tickets.

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