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The Refugees   

Viet Thanh Nguyen

ISBN 9781472152558

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,The Refugeesis 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.




The Author

Viet Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The 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 books Nothing Ever Dies and Race and Resistance.

He teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles






Reviews, News & Interviews:

With anger but not despair, with reconciliation but not unrealistic hope, and withgenuine humourthat is not used to diminish anyone,Nguyen has breathed life into many unforgettable characters, and given usa timely bookfocusing, in the words of Willa Cather, on the slow working out of fate in people of allied sentiment and allied blood. -The Guardian

Apowerful antidoteto all the fear mongering and lies out there . . . Arich explorationof human identity, family ties and love and loss,never has a short story collection been timelier. ***** Five stars. -The Independent

A superbcollection . . .exquisitestories . . . Nguyen craftsdazzlingly lucidprose.  -The Observer