Shze-Hui Tjoa and Jeannie Vanasco for THE STORY GAME **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Shze-Hui Tjoa and Jeannie Vanasco to celebrate The Story Game! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


A transcendent, profoundly imaginative memoir that explores the complexities of sisterhood, the cost of expectation, and the power of storytelling to shape—and ultimately repair—a life.

In the humid dark of a eucalyptus-scented room, a woman named Hui lies on a mattress telling stories about herself to her listener, a little girl. She talks about her identity as the child of an immigrant, her feelings about being in a mixed-race marriage, her opinions on mental health. But as her stories progress, it becomes clear a volatile secret lurks beneath their surface. There are events in Hui’s past that have great significance for the person she’s become, but that have gone missing from her memory. What is it, exactly, that is haunting Hui? Who is the little girl she talks to? And who is Hui herself?

As the conversation continues, what unfolds is a breathtaking, unexpected journey through layers of story toward truth and recovered identity; a memoir that reenacts, in tautly novelistic fashion, the process of healing that author Shze-Hui Tjoa moved through to recover memories lost to complex PTSD and, eventually, reconstruct her sense of self. Stunning in its originality and intimacy, The Story Game is a piercing tribute to selfhood and sisterhood, a genre-shattering testament to the power of imagination, and a one-of-a-kind work of art.


Shze-Hui Tjoa is a writer from Singapore who lives in the UK. She is a nonfiction editor at Sundog Lit, and previously served as fiction editor of Exposition Review. Her work has been published in journals including Colorado ReviewSoutheast Review, and So to Speak, and has been listed as notable in three successive issues of The Best American Essays series (2021-23). Her work has received support from the Tin House Summer Workshop, the Vermont Studio Center, the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Disquiet International, and AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program.


Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoirs Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl—which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and a best book of 2019 by TIMEEsquireKirkus, among others—and The Glass Eye, which Poets & Writers called one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017. Her third book,  A Silent Treatment, is forthcoming. Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, she lives in Baltimore and is an associate professor of English at Towson University. 


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Event date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
The Story Game By Shze-Hui Tjoa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781959030751
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Published: Tin House Books - May 21st, 2024

Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was A Girl: A Memoir By Jeannie Vanasco Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951142032
Published: Tin House Books - August 11th, 2020

The Glass Eye: A memoir By Jeannie Vanasco Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040775
Published: Tin House Books - October 3rd, 2017

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