The Refugees

Category: Book
By (author): Nguyen, Viet Thanh
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: February 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25in x 9.04in
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From The Publisher*Viet Thanh Nguyen'sThe 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 informedThe Sympathizer, inThe 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.
Review Quote*Advance Praise forThe Refugees: The nine stories that make up this brief volume are a delight . . . The short story is a beautiful affirmation of the supreme importance of art in our daily lives. And Viet Thanh Nguyen drives that point home brilliantly." - Mekong Review "A collection of short stories that span [Nguyen's] 20-year struggle to earn the title of 'writer.'" - Mother Jones "A collection of fluidly modulated yet bracing stories about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., powerful tales of rupture and loss that detonate successive shock waves . . . Each intimate, supple, and heartrending story is unique in its particulars even as all are works of piercing clarity, poignant emotional nuance, and searing insights into the trauma of war and the long chill of exile, the assault on identity and the resilience of the self, and the fragility and preciousness of memories." - Booklist (starred review) "For Nguyen groupies desperate for future titles (including aSympathizer sequel), [The]Refugees is a highly gratifying interlude. For short fiction fans of other extraordinary, between-culture collections such as Daniyal Mueenuddin'sIn Other Rooms, Other Wonders and Jhumpa Lahiri'sUnaccustomed Earth, Nguyen won't disappoint." - Library Journal (starred review) "Precise without being clinical, archly humorous without being condescending, and full of understanding; many of the stories might have been written by a modern Flaubert, if that master had spent time in San Jose or Ho Chi Minh City . . . [Nguyen's] stories, excellent from start to finish, transcend ethnic boundaries to speak to human universals." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise forThe Sympathizer: Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Winner of the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner of the 2015-2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (Adult Fiction) Winner of the 2016 California Book Award for First Fiction Winner of the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Finalist for the 2016 Medici Book Club Prize Finalist for the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Mystery/Thriller) Finalist for the 2016 ABA Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Award (Book of the Year, Adult Fiction) Named a Best Book of the Year on more than twenty lists, including theNew York Times Book Review,Wall Street Journal, andWashington Post 'A magnificent feat of storytelling.The Sympathizer is a novel of literary, historical, and political importance.'-Maxine Hong Kingston 'Extraordinary . . . Surely a new classic of war fiction.'-Ron Charles,Washington Post 'A dark, funny-and Vietnamese-look at the Vietnam War . . . rife with insight and criticism.'-NPR 'All Things Considered' 'So skillfully and brilliantly executed that I cannot believe this is a first novel.'-John Warner,Chicago Tribune 'Welcome a unique new voice to the literary chorus . . . dazzles on all fronts.'-Tricia Springstubb,Cleveland Plain Dealer 'Intelligent, relentlessly paced and savagely funny.'-Wall Street Journal 'A very special, important, brilliant novel . . . I don't say brilliant about a lot of books, but this is a brilliant book . . . A fabulous book . . . that everyone should read.'-Nancy Pearl 'Tremendously funny . . . reminded me of how big books can be.'-Akhil Sharma,Guardian '[A] marvelously worldly debut novel, redolent of Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh.'-Laura Miller,Slate 'Nguyen does nothing less than turn the familiar Western narratives of the Vietnam War on their heads . . . that rare novel that will make you see the world just a bit differently.'-James Grainger,Toronto Star "
Biographical NoteViet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author ofThe Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for First Novel, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. He is also the author of the nonfiction booksNothing Ever Dies andRace and Resistance. He teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.