Kim Fay

author of The Map of Lost Memories


The Map of Lost Memories
Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam
To Asia With Love
Guidebook Series
We Are Family

The Map of Lost Memories

for Best First Novel by an American Author

“Captivating . . . has qualities any reader would wish for: adventure, romance, history and a vividly described exotic setting.” -- The Washington Post

“Fay’s extraordinary first novel has everything great historical adventure fiction should—strikingly original setting, exhilarating plot twists, and a near-impossible quest . . . Every word of this evocative literary expedition feels deliberately chosen, each phrase full of meaning.”-- Booklist (starred review)


Acquired in a heated auction, my debut historical novel, The Map of Lost Memories, has sold in eight foreign countries to date and is published in the U.S. by the Ballantine imprint of Random House. Praise includes author Jennifer Cody Epstein (The Painter from Shanghai), who declares it “a deliciously unexpected journey: Indiana Jones meets Somerset Maugham meets Marguerite Duras,” and New York Times-bestselling author Anne Fortier (Juliet), who calls it “the best book I have read this year.”

Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

The Globetrotting Gourmet calls Communion “THE book on Vietnamese cuisine, deserving a place in every foodies’ and travelers’ library.” Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards' Best Asian Cuisine Book, USA Division, Communion offers a feast for armchair gourmets, as well as a colorful guide for travelers hungering for their next adventure.

A ship in harbor is safe,
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd