It’s 1942. The Japanese have invaded Burma and are closing in on India. After five years in the remote Andaman Islands, aspiring anthropologist Claire Durant and her husband Shep, a civil surgeon, must evacuate with their beloved but mysteriously mute four-year-old, Ty. They cannot, however, take Naila, the local girl whose ability to communicate with Ty has made them dangerously dependent on her. The morning of the evacuation, both children disappear. With time running out, Shep forces Claire onto the ship while he stays behind to find their son. But just days after landing in Calcutta, Claire learns that the Japanese have taken the Andamans—and cut off all access to her missing family. In the desperate odyssey that follows, Claire, Shep, and Naila will all take unimaginable risks while drawing deeply from their knowledge of these unique islands to save their beloved “glorious boy.”

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“Liu’s tense, evocative WWII family drama (after Flash House) explores the wartime turmoil for British colonials and indigenous people on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal…  With nuanced descriptions of diverse characters, and a wrenching portrait of the well-meaning Durants’ limited power, Liu upends the clichés of the white savior narrative.” – Publishers Weekly

“In Glorious Boy, Liu’s superb writing brings alive the strange days at the end of empire, from the torpid heat of the Andamanese jungles, to the bustle of metropolitan Calcutta.She carries the reader in an epic drama of a family caught up in events beyond their control all the way through to the nail-biting ending.” – AuthorLink Writers&Readers Magazine

“For readers who are unafraid to be swept away. ” – Starred Review, Booklist

“Riveting…a fascinating, irresistible marvel.” – Starred Review, Library Journal

One of Good Housekeepings “Best Books of 2020”


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