The Refugees

The Refugees

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"Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen's next fiction book, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family. With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Grove Press,, 2017
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780802126399
0802126391
9780802189356
Characteristics: 209 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Black-eyed women
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okbookgirl
Mar 29, 2017

I was absolutely "smitten" with Nguyen's storytelling and writing abilities in his acclaimed "The Sympathizer". I was a bit worried this work - a collection of short stories written before his novel - might disappoint a little. I worried for nothing -- these stories, set in particular times and places, but universal in themes and insights into the human condition, are excellent. Highly recommended.

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hippo12
Mar 27, 2017

Interesting collection with one stand out: 'Black eyed Women'. Haunting, mesmerizing and beautifully composed. I found Other Men quite strong as well.
One story appears weaker than the rest as well- usually the writer is able to explore deep and interesting waters- 'The Americans' seems trapped in cliches.

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