The Night Parade: A Speculative Memoir

Mariner/HarperCollins, October 24, 2023

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“… Exploring the many worlds that flourish beyond certain knowledge, this boundary-blurring memoir finds power in the undefinable. It reveals to us that the fracturing of a story can be beautifully fruitful… THE NIGHT PARADE is a generous and abundant feast for our living and our dead, our salvaged lineages and our continuing stories.”
-K-Ming Chang, author of Bestiary

“Beautifully written and imaginative, THE NIGHT PARADE takes speculative nonfiction to new heights. Jami Nakamura Lin is both poet and storyteller, mystic and philosopher, teaching us to see the world differently, to suspend our disbelief, using mythology to interrogate our notions of family, grief, fear, love, and belonging. There is no other book like this—it’s truly a stunning and visionary work of art.”
-Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir

“Jami Nakamura Lin has reinvented the genre of memoir, weaving an intricate braid of fable, memory, art, cultural legacy, and legend into a gorgeous tapestry of the stories that made her. The haunting illustrations by her sister, Cori Nakamura Lin, are a potent reminder that no one is self-authored. We all collaborate to become ourselves. Serpentine, polyphonic, and stunningly textured, THE NIGHT PARADE positively pulses with life.”
-Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body

“A gorgeous invocation of the magic-haunted spaces between lived experience and folkloric traditions, between the living and the dead, between memory and story. I loved THE NIGHT PARADE.”
-Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners

All illustrations on this website by Cori Nakamura Lin. Author photo by Ananda Lima.