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“Of all my characters, I always feel most protective of Park and Eleanor,” Rowell, who is white, tweeted following the announcement.

Cards on the table: I haven’t read Eleanor & Park.

The critiques of this book are not new; Asian Americans writers (and readers) have been vocal about the racism in Eleanor & Park since its publication.

Omaha is a military town; people bring wives and husbands back from all over… So … in Eleanor & Park, Park’s dad gets sent to Korea because his brother has died in combat in Vietnam.

But as books like Eleanor & Park continue to find success, the representation conversation will churn on with depressing regularity.

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