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Happy Book Birthday to HEIRESS APPARENTLY, Diana Ma’s Debut!

McIntosh & Otis is proud to present Diana Ma’s debut, a YA fiction novel titled HEIRESS APPARENTLY! Out today from Abrams, this book is the first in a series and has already garnered stellar trade reviews.

The first book in an epic and romantic YA series following the fictionalized descendants of the only officially recognized empress regent of China.

Gemma Huang is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Illinois, having abandoned plans for college to pursue a career in acting, much to the dismay of her parents. Now she’s living with three roommates in a two-bedroom hovel, auditioning for bit roles that hardly cover rent. Gemma’s big break comes when she’s asked to play a lead role in an update of M. Butterfly filming for the summer in Beijing. When she arrives, she’s stopped by paparazzi at the airport. She quickly realizes she may as well be the twin of one of the most notorious young socialites in Beijing. Thus kicks off a summer of revelations, in which Gemma uncovers a legacy her parents have spent their lives protecting her from—one her mother would conceal from her daughter at any cost.



“Reminiscent of Jenny Han’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’… A worthy addition to all libraries, especially those seeking nuanced books with Asian American protagonists.” -School Library Journal


“Soap-opera-worthy twists are grounded by ties to significant events in contemporary Chinese history in this meaningful debut.” –Kirkus



Get your copy of this epic, romantic story from Abrams or your local indie! You can also buy the audiobook from Penguin Random House.

Visit Diana’s website for more information on her writing!