Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A special thank you to Edelweiss and Grove Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Viet Thanh Nguyen has been on my "to read" list for quite some time after hearing about the success of The Sympathizer (winner of several awards including the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction).  This beautifully written compilation left me amazed and anxious to read The Sympathizer.

This collection of stories explores immigration, family, love, and identity while straddling two worlds
the homeland, and the adopted homeland.  These stories explore the hardships of immigration, of the aspirations and dreams of those that immigrate, and of the relationships and desires that define us all.  Filled with figurative and literal ghosts of the past, each story stands alone, yet is tied to the others thematically, and through the strength of the writing.

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