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The Refugees - Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Refugees
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'The Refugees' is the remarkable debut collection of short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer. In these powerful stories, written over a period of twenty years and set in both Vietnam and America, Nguyen paints a vivid... show more
'The Refugees' is the remarkable debut collection of short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer. In these powerful stories, written over a period of twenty years and set in both Vietnam and America, Nguyen paints a vivid portrait of the experiences of people leading lives between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth.

In 'The Refugees'. Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to the hopes and expectations of people making life-changing decisions to leave one country for another, and the rifts in identity, loyalties, romantic relationships, and family that accompany relocation. 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 migration.

The second work 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802127365 (0802127363)
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 225
Edition language: English
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4.0 The Refugees
I read Nguyen's well-received first book, The Sympathizer, so I was eager to read this collection of short stories, and happy to see it available on NetGalley. When I initially selected Sympathizer, it was on my husband's recommendation, but that book easily sold me on Nguyen's ability to compel a r...
Muccamukk
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3.0 The Refugees
Giving it three stars doesn't really speak ill of this so much as say that contemporary fiction short stories aren't really my bag. They seem to lean to epiphanies of the nature of "in that moment, he realised he was a terrible person/doomed to a loveless marriage/generally hooped" which is not real...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 Stories of Refugees is Insightful
Wow this collection made me think and get even more fascinated about those who left Vietnam and came to the United States to resettle. Some stories didn't resonate with me as much as others did. The stories flowed together well though I thought. "Black-Eyed Women" (5 stars)- a woman with a career ...
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5.0 The Refugees
The Refugees by Pulitzer prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen is a collection of eight short stories about Vietnamese refugees in the United States. The author himself is a refugee and a child of refugees. Thus, in many ways, these stories are a reflection of his own experiences. The word that comes to mi...
Girl Well Read
Girl Well Read rated it
4.0 The Refugees
A special thank you to Edelweiss and Grove Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Viet Thanh Nguyen has been on my "to read" list for quite some time after hearing about the success of The Sympathizer (winner of several awards including the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction). This beautiful...
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