Book Review

Book review: Yellowface is a biting satire on the social media-obsessed literary world

Rebecca F Kuang’s hotly anticipated foray into non-fantasy works better as lampoon than thriller, for the main reason that her narrator is so unlikeable

Rebecca F Kuang’s Yellowface makes fun of the cut-throat and social media-obsessed literary world

One of the most hotly anticipated books of 2023, this is Rebecca F Kuang’s first foray into mainstream literature after previously making her name with a series of dark fantasy epics based on mid-20th century China.

Yellowface is either a literary thriller which satirises the publishing industry, or a damning indictment of the book world that also moonlights as a page-turner. It is, however, much better at one aspect than the other.

Having watched her ...