The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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The Refugees Read Online Free - 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 twenty 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.

Title : The Refugees
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ISBN : 0802126391
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 05, 2018

I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed. Nguyen trie...

Esil rated it ★★★★★

December 22, 2016

After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between the stories...

Larry rated it ★★★★★

February 18, 2017

In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, with intense emotion...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2017

I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantastic. Excellen...

Debbie rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2017

Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You’ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won’t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there’s a traffic jam—there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don’t need to add to the verbal car...

Angela M rated it ★★★★★

January 11, 2017

I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet not just the c...

Cheri rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano’s introduction to Antwerp "I wr...

Jen rated it ★★★★☆

April 04, 2017

My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challenges they face...

Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

October 02, 2016

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the deeper you dive...

Karen❄️ rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were all very good. Than...

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