Lucy Liu will lend her voice for her first solo performance in an audiobook.
The actress will be the audiobook of Our missing hearts from bestselling author Celeste Ng, Penguin Random House Audio announced Wednesday.
Our missing hearts, which will be released on October 4, tells the story of 12-year-old Bird, whose mother, Margaret, a Chinese-American poet, left the family when he was nine years old. While growing up, Bird and his father’s lives were “ruled by laws written to preserve ‘American culture’ in the wake of years of economic instability and violence.” To preserve that culture, authorities are allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian descent, and libraries have also been forced to remove “unpatriotic” books, including the work of Bird’s mother.
Liu said in a statement: “Celeste is such a beautiful writer. When I was asked to share her new novel, I was thrilled. She was working on Our missing hearts seven years and it is spectacularly written and absolute poetry. Telling a book in its entirety is a big task because you delve into the process of what the author is trying to express through the characters and through the story. I hope listeners understand the impact of Celeste’s words about discrimination, racism, separating children from their families and the impact it has on humanity.”
“Lucy Liu is a talented actor who I have watched and admired for years, so I am thrilled and honored to have her audiobook Our missing hearts. And I think as an Asian-American woman and parent, she will bring a very personal connection to the novel, which is also very personal to me,” Ng said.
Our missing hearts may be Liu’s first audiobook performance, but the actress has also lent her voice and starred in a host of animated series and movies, including the Disney+ series Star Wars: Visions, Kung Fu Panda, The Story of Princess Kaguya, and Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast.
Our missing hearts is Ng’s third novel. Her bestselling novel Little fires everywhere was adapted into a Hulu miniseries and starred Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Ng served as the series’ producer.