A whirlwind of a debut, Mia Tsai’s BITTER MEDICINE is one of the most anticipated books of 2023

With just a month until its March 14 release (the book, both physical and digital, is currently available for pre-order directly from Tachyon and other select outlets), excitement grows for Mia Tsai’s debut novel BITTER MEDICINE with recommendations from Dorilyn Toledo in Mochi Magazine, Shooting Stars Mag, and Tender Curiosity (latter two without comment). In an interview with Alan Boyle for Cosmic Log about their new novel The Terraformers, Annalee Newitz also recommends the book. And speaking of anticipated books, Tsai, at The Booked Unicorn, lists what forthcoming titles excites her.

cover for Bitter Medicine by Mia Tasi
Cover art by Jia-Ling Pan
Design by Elizabeth Story

The dialogue stands out for its wit, natural quality, and intentional omissions. This adult novel is a love letter to code-switching and its many forms: exchanging phrases in multiple languages, finding loopholes, and thriving under restrictive rules, adapting to different worlds. It is its own power and talent. While readers looking for escapism will enjoy the fantasy, “Bitter Medicine” highlights the wonders of our world. Tsai’s storytelling celebrates the incessant pursuit of human connection and its fragility. There are always more places to travel to, foods to try, and experiences to enjoy with loved ones. Prepare for a renewed lust for life.

Mochi Magazine

“It’s like James Bond crossed with, um, ‘Supernatural,’” Newitz says. “There’s elves and other supernatural creatures, and their magic is tied to various kinds of medicine. I can’t even explain it. It’s a delightful romance spy thriller with magic and elves. You just have to read it.”

Cosmic Log

I like to think of myself as a varied reader. I have broad tastes, but generally, I like science fiction and fantasy, romance, and medical and nature nonfiction. This year, however, there are two memoirs that have piqued my interest, plus a good crop of nonfiction. Without further ado, and certainly without any special favor, here is a list of ten books I’m looking forward to reading this year. Hopefully.

The Booked Unicorn