Author Allison Hong Merrill launches her award-winning memoir, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops

December 01 12:11 2021
Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is for anyone who has struggled with gender inequality, racism, and immigrant injustice.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Allison Hong Merrill breaks cultural expectations and overcomes abandonment in her award-winning new book Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops: A Memoir.

Since the beginning of the current global pandemic, Asian Americans have faced an increase in racist violence at a much higher rate. Some believe a contributing factor is the pervasiveness of the “model minority” myth – Asian Americans are more successful than other ethnic minorities because of hard work, education, and inherently law-abiding natures. This myth has created a false narrative that Asian Americans do not struggle or face racial discrimination.

Allison Hong Merrill believes that life is a summary of individual choices. Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is about the power of choice, illustrated by Merrill’s experience as an abandoned Taiwanese immigrant in the U.S., her subsequent hardships, and how her choice to break away from cultural expectations enables her to create her own destiny. This book is for anyone who has struggled with gender inequality, racism, and immigrant injustice.


“Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is an enthralling and thought-provoking memoir . . . [A] charming aspect of the book is the beautiful representation of Taiwanese culture and Chinese history. Extensive details of rituals and traditions feel exotic . . . Merrill writes with intensity and simplicity; you cannot remain untouched.” – Literary Titan, 5-star review

“It’s a feat to which many memoir authors might aspire, but few achieve with such faultless finesse with Merrill refusing to cast herself in the role of victim . . . An exceptional read, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is recommended without reservation.” – BookViral Reviews, 5-star review

Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops
By Allison Hong Merrill
ISBN: 978-1-6474-2189-2

Available at Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, Indie Bound, and wherever books are sold.

About the Author:

Allison Hong Merrill was born and raised in Taiwan and arrived in the U.S. at age 22 as a university student. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and writes in both Chinese and English, both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has won both national and international awards. She lives with her husband in Utah.

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