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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375700021
ISBN-13: 9780375700026
Sku: 36309063
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  176
Age Range:  NA
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The intertwining lives of members of a Vietnamese family in America are seen through the perceptive eyes of a young girl who describes how she, her father, and four uncles are rescued from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego and chronicles her reunion with other members of the family and the traumas of the past that have shaped her life. Reprint. 17,500 first printing. *Author: Le, Thi Diem Thuy *Publication Date: 2004/05/01 *Number of Pages: 176 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
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This acclaimed novel reveals the life of a Vietnamese family in America through the knowing eyes of a child finding her place and voice in a new country.

In 1978 six refugees—a girl, her father, and four “uncles”—are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. In the child’s imagination, the world is transmuted into an unearthly realm: she sees everything intensely, hears the distress calls of inanimate objects, and waits for her mother to join her. But life loses none of its strangeness when the family is reunited. As the girl grows, her matter-of-fact innocence eddies increasingly around opaque and ghostly traumas: the cataclysm that engulfed her homeland, the memory of a brother who drowned and, most inescapable, her father’s hopeless rage.This acclaimed novel reveals the life of a Vietnamese family in America through the knowing eyes of a child finding her place and voice in a new country.

In 1978 six refugees—a girl, her father, and four “uncles”—are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. In the child’s imagination, the world is transmuted into an unearthly realm: she sees everything intensely, hears the distress calls of inanimate objects, and waits for her mother to join her. But life loses none of its strangeness when the family is reunited. As the girl grows, her matter-of-fact innocence eddies increasingly around opaque and ghostly traumas: the cataclysm that engulfed her homeland, the memory of a brother who drowned and, most inescapable, her father’s hopeless rage.
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The narrator of this novel came to America from Vietnam as a child, lived in San Diego with her troubled family, and finally leaves for the East Coast. As she tells her story, she also weaves in her parents' lives and courtships and her own obsessions, including an inability to get over the drowning of her older brother years before.

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Kirkus Reviews
"A detailed and moving saga of a Vietnamese family in American, subtly assembled from this limpid debut's kaleidoscopic array of gorgeous and troubling word pictures....Beautiful stuff--and a brilliant debut." 03/01/2003

Ruminator Review
"The story is told in five parts that cam seem deceptively unrelated, like separate novellas. I have read the book twice, and the sections that appeared to be unconnected now seem all the more related. L does a solid and consistent job of telling the story....[A] mesmerizing novel...." - Hans Weyandt Fall 2003

Times Literary Supplement
"Through her exquisite, transformative sensibility, l thi diem thy creates the possibility of understanding unfamiliarity as both dangerous and wonderful." - Lucy Carlyle 01/09/2004

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0176
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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