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Davidson Young Scholar Alum Publishes Novel, Set for Netflix Adaptation

Grace Li, a Davidson YS alum and current Stanford medical student, recently published her debut novel, Portrait of a Thief (released on 4/5/2022:

The New York times called it engaging and surprising, and the narrative brims with international intrigue…as much a novel as a reckoning.”

Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle have recommended her book as well.

Portrait of a Thief has also made it to the New New York Times’ bestseller list!

Here is the story about her journey as a writer: a short Tiktok video her sister made for her.

Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums, about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.