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April 2019 Fiction: Canadian

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Vi
By (author): Kim Thúy Translated by: Sheila Fischman
9780735272804 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Apr 02, 2019
$18.95 CAD
Active 5.13 x 8 x 0.5 in 144 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Vintage Canada
 
OLA Evergreen Award 2019, Nominated Scotiabank Giller Prize 2018, Long-listed
The perfect complement to the exquisitely wrought novels Ru and Mãn, Canada Reads winner Kim Thúy returns with Vi, exploring the lives, loves and struggles of Vietnamese refugees as they reinvent themselves in new lands.

The youngest of four children and the only girl, Vi was given a name that meant “precious, tiny one,” destined to be cosseted and protected, the family’s little treasure.

Daughter of an enterprising mother and a wealthy, spoiled father who never had to grow up, the Vietnam War destroys the life they’ve known. Vi, along with her mother and brothers, manages to escape—but her father stays behind, leaving a painful void as the rest of the family must make a new life for themselves in Canada.

While her family puts down roots, life has different plans for Vi. As a young woman, she finds the world opening up to her. Taken under the wing of Hà, a worldly family friend, and her diplomat lover, Vi tests personal boundaries and crosses international ones, letting the winds of life buffet her. From Saigon to Montreal, from Suzhou to Boston to the fall of the Berlin Wall, she is witness to the immensity of the world, the intricate fabric of humanity, the complexity of love, the infinite possibilities before her. Ever the quiet observer, somehow she must find a way to finally take her place in the world.

Publication History: Random House Canada, HC (04/2018)

PROMOTABLE, CHARISMATIC KIM : Kim Thúy never fails to charm anyone she meets with her warmth, generosity and humour.

CROSS-PROMOTION WITH GORGEOUS NEW COOKBOOK: coincides with the publication of Kim’s book Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen from Appetite by Random House.

GREAT BOOK CLUB PICK: Strong female characters, a story of love, loss and personal emancipation.

LITERARY FINESSE: Kim continues to mine her own life and those of other Vietnamese immigrants to spin fiction that is poetic, vivid, sensuous and exquisite.

Born in Saigon in 1968, KIM THÚY left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of ten and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner, and commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing.

SHEILA FISCHMAN is the award-winning translator of some 150 contemporary novels from Quebec. In 2008 she was awarded the Molson Prize in the Arts. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.

Author Residence: Longueuil, Quebec

Author Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam

Author Social Media: FB: facebook.com/kimthuyauteure/ | Twitter: @KimThuyOfficiel | Insta: kimthuylythanh

Praise for Vi and Kim Thúy:

“At once highly stylized and emotionally raw, Vi is elegant, refined and exquisite from start to finish.”—Toronto Star

“A voyage into the Vietnamese soul, a story of rupture and a long rebirth of the self, Vi is a novel that is at once astonishing and energizing, one that pays magnificent homage to the quiet power of women.” —ELLE France

“Kim Thúy excels in the art of the portrait. In just a few words.” —Challenges (France)

“Kim Thúy’s novels are as compact as her tiny titles might suggest…but their poetic contents punch well above their weight in terms of story and raw emotional heft.”—The Globe and Mail

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