Saved as Draft: Stories of Self-Discovery Through Letters & Notes is N.D. Chan’s brave and searing collection of observations about the shifting world she inhabits as a Chinese American woman. Born in Chinatown, New York, Chan was sent to China after her father was murdered in a random street shooting. She lived with her grandparents in Guangzhou, until her mother sent for them after marrying a dentist and becoming a wealthy and successful businesswoman. Life should have been happy in the privileged enclave of Long Island, but with a distant mother and a feeling that she no longer belonged, Chan began to look for acceptance elsewhere—the relationships she shared with her family, her friends, her lovers.
Saved as Draft is that search for a sense of “rightness” and a place called home.