Karin Tanabe, a former Politico reporter, is the author of four novels—the historical fiction books The Diplomat’s Daughter and The Gilded Years as well as The List and The Price of Inheritance, all published by Simon & Schuster. Her fifth book, A Hundred Suns, a psychological thriller set in 1930s Indochina, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in early 2020. Tanabe’s third book, The Gilded Years—about the first African-American graduate of Vassar College, who passed as white until her lie was exposed, and also explores the history of race and gender inequalities in America—will soon be adapted as a Sony/Tristar major motion picture entitled A White Lie. Zendaya will star as the book’s protagonist Anita Hemmings, and will also produce alongside Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine was behind the book option.