This is my media brag page. I’ll be posting here anytime I get into the news. It could be an interview with the print media or a guest appearance in the blogosphere. An author profile by a book blogger or a review of my debut novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. You can read it here. All the news that’s fit to print from any media on the planet.
a book blog tour
Hong Kong Review of Books (23.07.2017)
Another review out of Hong Kong! I’m so pleased that reviewer Beverly Ngai understood exactly what I was trying to do.
The cornerstone of the story centers around the fact that Anyi is unable to vocalize her pain or seek help.
There is an ongoing need to talk about violence against women, past and present. I’m glad to play my part.
the brutally authentic struggles that Kao delineates and the powerful message exposing the violent consequences of an oppressive and patriarchal society make this story vital.
First review from my adopted hometown of Amsterdam. Reviewer Erin Russell hones in on the craft side of the writing, calling the prose exceptional.
The narrative technique is brilliantly employed, creating a chorus of tones that echoes the rush, ambition, diversity, and indeed much darker elements of 1930s Shanghai.
South China Morning Post (12.05.2017)
A great review from a really tough audience: Hong Kong’s newspaper of record. They’ve read enough novels set in Old Shanghai to be leery of newcomers. And yet, there’s praise for my eccentric characters, the shocking violence and a great twist of an ending. But my favorite quote has to be the review’s headline:
The Dancing Girl & the Turtle makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like light bondage with its tale of Chinese prostitution.
Holland Times (09.05.2017)
It’s raining reviews these days. This one just in from the Holland Times, an English-language monthly for the expat community in the Netherlands. This is my first review in actual print form so I’m giving you a PDF of this April 2017 review.
Historical Novel Society HNR Issue 80 (May 2017)
The HNR is an Anglo-American society whose mission is to promote the enjoyment of historical novels. Happy to be included in their collection! This is what the HNR had to say:
political events take a backseat in this very personal story of fatally flawed characters.
Los Angeles Review of Books (26.04.2017)
As a girl from LA, this is quite the coup for me. To land on the pages of the Los Angeles Review of Books. At least, in the digital form of the China Blog, which is devoted to the life, culture, politics and literature of China. Its reviewers clearly know their stuff. So I especially like this quote:
No Old Shanghai novel […] has gone into the devastating psychological after-effects of sexual assault as deeply as Karen Kao does in her debut novel.
The Contemporary Small Press (07.04.2017)
My favorite review is the one from The Contemporary Small Press (07.04.2017) for the beautiful way in which it weaves quotes from my novel into the fabric of the review. I’m particularly gratified by the observation that:
The human need for intimacy and understanding is apparent on every page
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang (07.03.2017)
But my biggest thanks go to fellow author and China fan, Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, for her advance review of my novel. A scholar of Oriental languages, Tsang is familiar with the world of The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. She has this to say about my prose:
each word meticulously chosen and exquisitely placed in the manner of a poet
Here’s another first for me: a vlogcast with the Literary Globe, a brand new on-line meeting place connecting authors, readers and booksellers. Also: excruciatingly painful for me to see myself on camera but this, I suppose, is the price of fame. You’ll have to turn up the volume, as this interview was recorded at Boekhandel van Rossum on a busy day. 18.05.2017
For Books’ Sake
A podcast! This is a first for me, an interview taped over Skype. The lovely Rebecca Wright and I talk about A Room of One’s Own. Where I write and what inspires me to do so. Broadcast #105 by For Books’ Sake on 08.03.2017.
Femflection.com calls itself
an on-line personal development community for professional/dynamic women in business of all ages and cultures.
In this interview, I explain (sort of) the various career jumps I’ve made to get me where I am now. Published 03.03.2017.
This is an interview by Paul Sutton, a ghost from my former life as a corporate lawyer. We talk about China, the law and the transition from law to writing. Published 27.02.2017.
Here’s a really old newspaper article (14.09.1998!) from NRC Handelsblad entitled Seks van de prez. For those of you who don’t read Dutch, reporter Maarten Huygen berates the media. How could you allow the salacious to take precedence over the serious? I get a (dishonorable) mention for having appeared on Buitenhof, the Dutch version of Meet the Press, and failing to condemn Bill Clinton for having sex with that woman Monica Lewinsky in the workplace.