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The Refugees

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Publisher's Summary

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The 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 20 years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, 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 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.

©2017 Viet Thanh Nguyen (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Nguyen's gentle and expressive voice contains an authenticity of emotion along with impeccable timing and perfect pronunciation.” (AudioFile)

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    Thomas More 03-19-17
    Thomas More 03-19-17 Member Since 2012

    Unafraid to read from any genre.

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    "Good collection of short stories"

    After reading his award-winning The Sympathizer, I wanted to follow it up by looking at some more stories from Viet Thanh Nguyen. The Refugees is a collection of eight or nine stories that saw original publication in order sources. After the success of The Sympathizer, his publisher brought these works together into this collection. All the stories feature Vietnamese characters and are set either in America as immigrant tales, or in Vietnam, as is the case with the last story of the collection featuring a father who receives a visit from a daughter who has "made it big" in the states as a pediatrician. Themes such as aging, young love, regret, and deceit work strongly throughout the collection. All of the stories are excellent and help to illuminate the lives of Vietnamese immigrants.

    The author narrates the collection himself, and as is often the case with such things (SEE "The Lovely Bones," as an example) the results are good, but not great. Great narration is an art in itself, and sometimes the best idea is to bring in a hired gun for the job.

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    BigLaggonBill 02-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent collection of short stories by author of The Sympathizer"

    A very well-written, imaginative collection of short stories which, like The Sympathizer, rejuvenates thoughts and meaningful memories of the Vietnam War era and the relation of that era to today's world. Recommend.

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    "Terrific storytelling"
    What made the experience of listening to The Refugees the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Nguyen command of the English language and his storytelling. Emotional, insightful, informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Different aspects and personalities of the characters in each story


    Have you listened to any of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to The Sympathizer -- though written but not read by him.
    That book was excellent - listened twice.
    He reads as well as he writes.
    Listened to this book twice as well.


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