May 30, 2024:




When nineteen-year-old Aki throws her first punch, the respectable ‘good girl’ discovers she’s a fighter.

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-Canadian woman.

She discovers that brutal bar-fighting relieves her stress and 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.

About the author

Emi Sasagawa

Emi Sasagawa is a settler, immigrant and queer woman of colour, living and writing on the traditional, ancestral and stolen territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Selilwitulh Nations.

Her debut novel Atomweight, by Tidewater Press, tells the story of Aki, a good girl, good student, good daughter from a loving but demanding multiracial family, who, after being triggered by a violent incident, begins picking fights with random strangers.

This is a story about mixedness, queerness and power—about reflecting on oppression and privilege, and the ways we take up space in the world.

Emi is a graduate of TWS at Simon Fraser University, and is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

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