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Praise for THE REFUGEES:
“Nguyen’s slice-of-life approach is precise without being clinical, archly humorous without being condescending, and full of understanding…. Nguyen is the foremost literary interpreter of the Vietnamese experience in America, to be sure. But his stories, excellent from start to finish, transcend ethnic boundaries to speak to human universals."—Starred Kirkus
“Each searing tale in Nguyen’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-winning THE SYMPATHIZER is a pressure cooker of unease, simmering with unresolved issues of memory and identity.” —Starred & Boxed Publishers Weekly (Top 10 Spring 2017 Literary Fiction Title)
“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.”—Starred Booklist
“In Viet Thanh Nguyen’s superb new collection, THE REFUGEES…. [the] collection’s subtle, attentive prose and straightforward narrative style perfectly suit the low-profile civilian lives it explores…. With the volume turned down, we lean in more closely, listening beyond what the refugees say to step into their skins.”—Mia Alvar, New York Times Book Review
“Nguyen’s narrative style—restrained, spare…is well suited for portraying tentative states…. All Nguyen’s fiction is pervaded by a shared intensity of vision, by stinging perceptions that drift like windblown ashes”—Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker
“[A] superb new short story collection…These eight exquisite stories explore the lingering effects of physical and emotional pain.”—The Guardian (UK)... back to author main page