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Debut Novel Launch: “Off the Books” by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Author Soma Mei Sheng Frazier reads from “Off the Books” and leads a discussion on her debut novel’s themes.“

Join us at Village Well Books & Coffee for the launch of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier’s acclaimed debut novel Off the Books! Frazier and historian Samuel Yamashita will discuss the writing life, road trips, and international politics through the prism of this thrilling story.

Off the Books:

Recent Dartmouth dropout Mei, in search of a new direction in life, drives a limo to make ends meet. Her grandfather convinces her to allow her customers to pay under the table, and before she knows it, she is working as a routine chauffeur for sex workers. Mei does her best to mind her own business, but her knack for discretion soon leads her on a life changing trip from San Francisco to Syracuse with a new client.

Handsome and reserved, Henry piques Mei’s interest. Toting an enormous black suitcase with him everywhere he goes, he’s more concerned with taking frequent breaks than making good time on the road. When Mei discovers Henry’s secret, she does away with her usual close-lipped demeanor and decides she has no choice but to confront him. What Henry reveals rocks her to her core and shifts this once casual, transactional road trip to one of moral stakes and dangerous consequences.

An original take on the great American road trip, Off the Books is a beautifully crafted coming of age story that showcases the resilience of the human spirit and the power of doing the right thing. The spirit of Frazier’s characters will stay with readers long after they have arrived at their destination.

About the author:

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier’s work has earned numerous awards, with Off the Books named one of 2024’s most anticipated novels. Her stories appear in Glimmer Train, ZYZZYVA, the Mississippi Review, Hyphen, and elsewhere. Frazier attended Pomona College and served as a San Francisco Library Laureate before relocating to New York.


Village Well Books & Coffee
9900 Culver Boulevard, #1b
Culver City, CA 90232 United States

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