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The Refugees

The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen

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'A Pulitzer winner on how to belong. Many of the characters in Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut story collection are refugees, as he was after his family fled Vietnam, in 1975. It gives him a profound understanding of their predicament'   Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

From the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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 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.

'A powerful antidote to all the fearmongering and lies out there ...A rich exploration of human identity, family ties and love and loss, never has a short story collection been timelier' ***** Five stars, The Independent

'With anger but not despair, with reconciliation but not unrealistic hope, and with genuine humour that is not used to diminish anyone, Nguyen has breathed life into many unforgettable characters, and given us a timely book focusing, in the words of Willa Cather, on "the slow working out of fate in people of allied sentiment and allied blood"' The Guardian

'Beautiful and heartrending' Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker

'[A] superb collection . ..exquisite stories ...Nguyen crafts dazzlingly lucid prose'   The Observer

'Nguyen's eight heart-wrenching and hopeful stories ought to be required reading for every politician in this era of wall-building and xenophobia'  The Guardian

Additional Information

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher Little Brown
Publication date 7 Feb 2017
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781472152558

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