Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mac's Backs Sci-Fi Book Club discusses Flux by Jinwoo Chong

Four days before Christmas, 8-year-old Bo loses his mother in a tragic accident, 28-year-old Brandon loses his job after a hostile takeover of his big-media employer, and 48-year-old Blue, a key witness in a criminal trial against an infamous now-defunct tech startup, struggles to reconnect with his family. 

So begins Jinwoo Chong's dazzling, time-bending debut that blends elements of neo-noir and speculative fiction as the lives of Bo, Brandon, and Blue begin to intersect, uncovering a vast network of secrets and an experimental technology that threatens to upend life itself. Intertwined with them is the saga of an iconic '80s detective show, Raider, whose star actor has imploded spectacularly after revelations of long-term, concealed abuse. 

Flux is a haunting and sometimes shocking exploration of the cyclical nature of grief, of moving past trauma, and of the pervasive nature of whiteness within the development of Asian identity in America.

"Brazen, exhilarating, fun, and surprising! I couldn't predict where this novel was going, but I was definitely along for the ride." -- Ling Ma, author of Severance 

"Mind-bending... Chong writes with such subtlety and skill that readers won't realize the true nature of the speculative mystery at play until they're already waist-deep in these interlocking narratives. The result is a gorgeous speculative gem for fans of Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's This Is How You Lose the Time War.-- Publishers Weekly, STARRED review 

Jinwoo Chong received an MFA from Columbia University. His short stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewChicago Quarterly Review, and Salamander. Flux is his first novel. He lives in New York.

The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through this website at the 20% book club discount.

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Flux By Jinwoo Chong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781685890346
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Melville House - March 21st, 2023