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SPEAK, OKINAWA is a searing, deeply candid memoir about a young woman's journey to understanding her complicated parents--her mother an Okinawan war bride, her father a Vietnam veteran--and her own, fraught cultural heritage. Bryan Washington says about Elizabeth’s writing, "In exploring how one comes to be, Brina’s prose illuminates and dazzles—and we see, in the end, what was intangible made clear in her writing. Speak, Okinawa is indelible, and Brina’s words are unforgettable." SPEAK, OKINAWA has been featured on Most Anticipated lists from Fortune, Bustle, Good Morning America, Nashville Lifestyles, Ms. Magazine, and will be on the cover of BookPage’s March issue, in which Courtney is also featured. Elizabeth Miki Brina is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Bread Loaf Scholarship and a New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship. She currently lives and teaches in New Orleans.
In her literary debut SPILT MILK, internationally award-winning writer Courtney Zoffness considers what we inherit from generations past—biologically, culturally, spiritually—and what we pass on to our children. Spilt Milk is an intimate, bracing, and beautiful exploration of vulnerability and culpability that already has tons of great blurbs from Jessie Eisenberg, Mat Johnson, Mary Gaitskill, Elisa Albert, T. Kira Madden, is a Most Anticipated Book for LitHub, The Millions, Refinery 29 and Paperback Paris, and has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Courtney Zoffness herself won the Sunday Times Short Story Award, an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction, residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and the Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction from Arts & Letters. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, The Southern Review, Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere, and she had Notable Best American Essays in 2018 and 2019.