We Were Dreamers

An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

by Simu Liu

On Sale: 05/17/2022

We Were Dreamers

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We Were Dreamers

An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

by Simu Liu

On Sale: 05/17/2022

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About the Book

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

“Like your favourite superhero, within the first few pages, this book made me feel like I could do anything.” —Shifter Magazine  

“This real-life hero’s journey is a knockout.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

The star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, shares his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, battling cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star and landing the role of a lifetime 

In this honest, inspiring and relatable memoir, newly minted superhero Simu Liu chronicles his family’s journey from China to the bright lights of Hollywood with razor-sharp wit and humour.

When Simu Liu’s parents move from China to America and then Canada, they leave him in the care of his grandparents. When he is four, they bring him to Canada. Life as a Canuck, however, is not all that it was cracked up to be; Simu’s new guardians lack the gentle touch of his grandparents, resulting in harsh words and hurt feelings. His parents, on the other hand, find their new son emotionally distant and difficult to relate to—although they are bound by blood, they are separated by culture, language and values. 

As Simu grows up, he plays the part of the pious child flawlessly—he gets straight A’s, wins national math competitions and makes his parents proud. But as time passes, he grows increasingly disillusioned with the path that has been laid out for him. Less than a year out of college, at the tender age of twenty-two, his life hits rock bottom when he is laid off from his first job as an accountant. Left to his own devices, and with nothing left to lose, Simu embarks on a journey that will take him far outside his comfort zone into the world of show business. 

Through a swath of rejections and comical mishaps, Simu’s determination to carve out a path for himself leads him to not only succeed as an actor but also open the door to reconciling with his parents. We Were Dreamers is more than a celebrity memoir—it’s a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstances.

Critical Praise

“A sincere, funny, and fascinating love letter to family, and a guidebook to pursuing your dreams.” — Olivia Munn

“Don’t let Simu Liu fool you. On the outside you may see boyish good looks, talent, and a body made of tightly coiled muscle. But on the inside? It’s quite good-looking in there, too. Strong heart, beautiful ligaments, and a soul made of spun sugar. Also, he wrote this hilarious and heartfelt story about growing up, finding yourself, and seizing your moment.” — Ryan Reynolds

“Oh great, another underdog story of overachievement. Just what we needed.” — Ronny Chieng

"In this triumphant debut, Liu, star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, traces how he followed his immigrant dream' all the way to the big screen. . . .The book’s beating heart, however, lies in the affecting story of his family’s path to healing: 'My parents are beaming with pride at the son who has disobeyed practically every single order they had ever given.' This real-life hero’s journey is a knockout." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Like your favourite superhero, within the first few pages, this book made me feel like I could do anything.”  — Shifter Magazine

“[We Were Dreamers] is an excellent celebrity memoir that takes readers beyond the velvet rope and into the life of one of Canada’s most beloved stars. Simu’s story gives readers a chance to know a different side of him as he creates a compelling narrative of his life in words.”  — The Daily Hive

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443460590
  • ISBN 10: 1443460591
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 05/17/2022
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Asian & Asian American
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

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