I first learned of Kay Bratt when I read her heart-wrenching China memoir, Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage (Mariner Books, 2011). Her voice and story drew me in and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Kay Bratt now mostly writes fiction set in contemporary China. In her books after Silent Tears, most of her protagonists have been young Chinese women or girls. Her novels are thrilling and vivid and touch upon the very foundation of what it means to be human. But her latest novel, The Palest Ink, switches gears and features a male protagonist back in the years of the Cultural Revolution. For more on Kay Bratt and her books, check out her website here.