I am pleased to announce the release of my latest novel, This Modern Love.

Unlike my previous writings about China, this story is primarily concerned with America. It is about the way that technology has skewed modern relationships, and explores various themes of youth and immigration, sex and emptiness and the whole soul-of-my-homeland thing.

Please check it out on Amazon. It is available as a Kindle eBook as well as a paperback edition. I believe it works well as a digital read.

If you would like to review, please contact me and I’d be happy to send it to you.

Thanks for reading!



American love isn’t what it used to be.

Roommates Jack and Ben are complete opposites when it comes to romance. For Jack, a mere waiter, it’s easy to use to the latest to app meet a new girl every weekend. But Ben, even though he’s a programmer, can’t seem to figure out how to maneuver online dating.

On the other side of town, sisters Andrea and Carla have their own issues. Andrea is a bit of a wreck, stumbling from one dramatic episode to the next. Carla is more concerned with blogging than dating, though she does get lonely at times. In an age of narcissism and alienation, it’s just so hard to meet someone.

Over the course of one day, these thoroughly modern men and women keep passing each other by. From yoga class to the club – all in a haze of drugs, sex, and selfies – opportunities for true love come and go, and no one notices because they were too busy staring at their phones.

Welcome to the 21st century.

9 thoughts on “THIS MODERN LOVE: a novel

  1. I go crazy, here I thought your latest novel just came out and now I realized it has been a looong time since then and I never finished it! (to be honest, havent even finished a single comic since February, somehow my mind can’t focus on the written word/ pic right now…)
    The concept sounds very interesting but for now I try to get my current projects done.

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  2. Hi Ray,

    Long time no talk!

    I was so honoured that you sent me a review copy of your last book, South China Morning Blues, but regret that I didn’t have the time to dive into it.

    That said, I would love to read and review this newest book, especially since it has a focus on technology and that’s certainly something our readership would be interested in hearing about.

    Hope to hear for you and congratulations on the new release!

    Your friend,

    Corey van den Hoogenband

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. I really enjoyed this book! The characters are raw and honest, and developed well over the course of the novel. I feel it is a concise summary of the contemporary dating experience, told from different points of view that we can all somehow relate to. Definitely recommend!

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