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Good girl, good student, good daughter: Aki has always done what her loving but demanding multiracial family expects. Far from her Vancouver home, she adjusts to a new life in London filled with studies, friends and a tentative first relationship with a closeted Asian woman.

Life is demanding, but Aki is coping until a violent incident triggers an unexpected response in the young Japanese-Latina-Canadian woman. When she discovers that brutal bar-fighting relieves her stress, she begins a dangerous dual existence--obedient and accommodating by day, brawling by night. How long can Aki survive her secret life as an ''atomweight" fighter?

An intimate novel by Emi Sasagawa about the need to reconcile competing cultures, traditions and values, while exploring issues of sexual identity and violence.

Published May 2023 by Tidewater Press.