Picture Us in the Light

by | Read by James Chen

Published by Dreamscape

When Danny discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined.

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember, and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined, and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history, and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, he must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

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AudioFile Review

Picture Us in the Light

James Chen’s narration captures the life-changing school year of Danny Cheng—a Chinese-American teen who is living in Cupertino, California. Danny is overflowing with both youthful optimism and the anxiety of his upcoming high school graduation. Like most teens, Danny sees his friends as his world. Chen's heartfelt narration will make listeners feel a part of his group of overachieving teens who are still reeling from a past traumatic event. When Danny’s parents uproot him, he goes searching for family secrets and confides in his best friend, Harry. Chen highlights the unspoken feelings and moments that define their slowly changing friendship. He also captures Danny’s secretive but loving immigrant parents and believably delivers the omniscient narrator’s depiction of a past best forgotten. J.E.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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