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Read Her Like an Open Book blog: "Tseng handles with delicacy and lyricism the complicated situation that develops, as she explores identity, love, and the role of literature in expanding our concept of what we — and our lives — can be.”

Date: Jul 1 2015

Like The Sunlit Night, Jennifer Tseng’s Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness explores the relationship of an adult and a teenager in an isolated seaside setting — but with a completely different context and result. Mayumi is leading a quiet life as a librarian in Martha’s Vineyard when she befriends a 17-year-old boy who seems to love books as much as she does. Tseng handles with delicacy and lyricism the complicated situation that develops, as she explores identity, love, and the role of literature in expanding our concept of what we — and our lives — can be.