When nineteen-year-old Aki throws her first punch, the respectable ‘good girl’ discovers she’s a fighter. But who is she trying to beat?
Good girl, good student, good daughter: Aki has always done what her loving but demanding multiracial family expects. Far from her Vancouver home, she adjusts to life in London—studies, friends and a relationship with a wealthy but closeted Asian woman.
Life is demanding, but Aki is coping until a violent incident triggers an unexpected response in the young Japanese-Latina woman. When she discovers that brutal bar-fighting relieves her stress, she begins a dangerous dual existence—obedient and accommodating by day and brawling by night.
This is a novel about the need to reconcile competing cultures, traditions and values that also explores issues of sexual identity and violence.
Published May 2023 by Tidewater Press