Portrait of a Thief


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$26.00  $24.18
Tiny Reparations Books
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Grace D. Li grew up in Pearland, Texas, and is a graduate of Duke University, where she studied biology and creative writing. Her debut novel, Portrait of a Thief, was an instant New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller, and #1 international bestseller. She currently attends medical school at Stanford University. Say hi on social media @gracedli or sign up for updates at www.gracedli.com.


Praise for Portrait of a Thief

This clever debut is an absolutely thrilling ride from start to finish.
--Buzzfeed News

"A tender and tenacious art-heist story wrapped around an intimate cultural history of extraction, Portrait of a Thief is a novel that names the unsutured wounds left by the violence of immigration, xenophobia, and diasporic longing in the lives of its Asian American characters, a story of the comradery of resistance and a testament to righteous grievance."

Li's novel is a love letter to the Chinese American experience, and one cannot stop turning the pages and diving further into the pull of crimes, luxury and college-age romance. The writing is beautiful, the characters are beautiful, the story is seductive. The sophistication of the narrative is far beyond debut novel level, and it will certainly be exciting to read Li's future work
--The Stanford Daily

Grace D. Li is a virtuosic storyteller, and Portrait of a Thief is the most exciting debut I've read this year. A thrilling art heist that grapples with the complexities of cultural identity and repatriation, Li's novel is an intelligent page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very end.
--Lauren Wilkinson, New York Times bestselling author of American Spy

In this slick, dazzling, debut, the stakes are high and the writing elegant. Here's a story that offers not just adventure or a reprieve from the everyday, but big dreams, big hearts, enduring friendships, and the multitudes of identities that can exist within each one of us.
--Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

This is the heist novel we deserve. Brilliantly twisty and yet so contemplative, with characters whose complicated backgrounds color their every move, this book will continue to haunt you long after you've reached the end.
--Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties

Grace Li's thrilling debut, Portrait of a Thief, is a beautiful examination of identity as children of the diaspora. Through Will, Irene, Daniel, Lily, and Alex, we see their struggles to connect with the land of their parents conflicting with what it means to be Asian American. This fast-paced heist leaves you clutching the pages and rooting for the thieves.
--Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune

"A lyrical and action-packed tale of yearning, connection, self-discovery, and righting wrongs, Portrait of a Thief is a unique vision of what it means to come home.
--Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of The Violence

"Portrait of a Thief was everything I imagined and more. The writing felt close and intimate and the characters felt like portraits themselves, bursting with life and delicately human."
-Morgan Rogers, author of Honey Girl