Refugees (Nguyen)

The Refugees 
Viet Than Nguyen*, 2017
224 pp.

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 his Pulitizer Prize winning The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice in The Refugees 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…

Viet Than Nguyen's 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. (From the publisher.)

*(Pronounced "n-gwen.")

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