prizes | praise


Shortlisted for the 2021 NSW Premier’s Translation Prize – for her translation of Sergius Seeks Bacchus by Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Longlisted for the 2019 Ned Kelly Award – for her novel The Majesties / Under Your Wings

2018 English PEN Translates Grant – for her translation of Sergius Seeks Bacchus by Norman Erikson Pasaribu

2017 English PEN Presents East and Southeast Asia Prize – for her translation of Sergius Seeks Bacchus by Norman Erikson Pasaribu

The Majesties

“I think the fact that I am so unsettled by the read as a whole makes The Majesties a resounding success. It’s shocking how enjoyable and delicious this dark, disturbing novel was, and that unease will sit with me for a long time to come.”


“This is a bold and dramatic portrayal of characters on the cusp of an impossible choice between complicit self-preservation and total annihilation.” 

Publishers Weekly

The Majesties is an urgent literary thriller that also affectingly, seamlessly acts as a social treatise exposing the moral and legal abuses of the ultra-elite. Raised in Singapore and Indonesia, Tsao evokes a convincing sense of place. Vivid geographic and cultural details notwithstanding, Tsao’s (The Oddfits) first non-fantasy novel proves to be an engrossing, eloquent story of fatal familial dysfunction.”

Shelf Awareness

“Addressing Indonesia’s violent history, the 1998 May riots, and discrimination against the country’s ethnic Chinese minority, Tiffany Tsao offers an incisive critique of rich and powerful Chinese Indonesians, family bonds, and privilege. The book challenges many assumptions of what “Indonesia” is and provides a nuanced picture of wealthy Asian families in the transnational context. A compelling page-turner, it reveals the intricate dynamics between love, ambition, and fear as we journey through dark family secrets and unlock door after door before reaching the dead end. The Majesties is a chilling novel about what a family is capable of for the sake of maintaining illusions and the desperate, destructive ways that its entrapped members must take in order to escape.”

Intan Paramadithaauthor of Apple and Knife and The Wandering

“One of the most gripping, original and enlightening novels of the day.”

SA Weekend

“Tiffany Tsao’s Under Your Wings is a sharply realised page-turner with a brilliant twist, written with an effortless command of pace and suspense.”

The Sydney Morning Herald 

The Oddfits

Listed in Superhero Novels: The Best of 2017

The More Known World

Mentioned on Syfy Wire: December SFF Books to Keep An Eye Out For