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Catherine Chung: The Tenth Muse

(Fiction, 304 pp. 2020)

A brilliant mathematics prodigy, Katherine grows up uncertain about other aspects of her identity. She puzzles over her apparent Chinese and American heritages, while blazing a singular and dazzling path through arithmetic competitions consisting entirely of astonished (and alarmed) males. Katherine discovers the power of outward femininity in securing a precarious place within the old boys network of math geniuses, even as she struggles for balance between love and integrity. The key to her numbers mastery is bound up in the mysterious legacy of her family’s secrets.

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