Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood, an Amazon bestseller and Best Book of September; an Adoptive Families best book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; and a best book of the season at BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. He is also the author of I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying and the nonfiction work Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity. Adopted from Korea at age two, Matthew was named by BuzzFeed in 2015 as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers.”

November Fiction: "Yesterday They Raised" by Matthew Salesses

"Now, with the ferry raised, parents will find their children’s bodies sealed inside the cabins, while the messages those parents saved remain ghosts."

Yesterday they raised the Sewol ferry. It sank three years ago with most of its passengers, including 250 of 324 students. The captain and crew escaped after telling passengers to stay in their cabins.

The last time I went to Korea, I noticed that you can ride the subway and stream a movie on your cell phone, call your parents with the exact time you will arrive home. While the Sewol ferry went down, many victims called or texted. If someone chose to save them, those messages remain.

June Lit: Excerpt from THE HUNDRED YEAR FLOOD by Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses's new novel The Hundred Year Flood (Little A) explores the relationship between Tee, an adoptee reeling from the recent death of his uncle and the knowledge of his father's infidelity, and a Czech artist and his wife. Having fled to Prague, Tee encounters ghosts, love, and, of course, the titular flood, while struggling to find something to hold on to and somewhere to belong.

We are pleased to offer this early chapter of Salesses's book, and hope you enjoy it! The Hundred Year Flood will be available on September 1.

Despite Increasing Prosperity, America's Appetites Remain Unique

Pulitzer Prize-winner Joel Brinkley believes the Vietnamese people's love for
dog meat makes them more aggressive
. Writers Matthew Salesses and Kirstin Chen explore how the Vietnamese/other Easterners might view America's eating habits and account for its own aggressive tendencies.