Translated by :Sheila Fischman
Dimensions:8in x 5.13 x 0.5 in | 0.34 lb
Page Count:144 pages
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.
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD IN TRANSLATION
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
“Thúy is known for her short and elegant stories about being a refugee and immigrant, and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. In her novels, we experience Vietnam’s colours and tastes, the difficulties of exile but also riches, and a search for identity that we can all recognize ourselves in.” —The New Academy jury citation
“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.” —Becky Toyne, The Globe and Mail
“At once highly stylized and emotionally raw, Vi is as elegant, refined. Exquisite from start to finish.” —Toronto Star
“Thúy’s fiction is wholly original. Not only does she pursue her very personal theme of the Vietnamese refugee experience, she does it in gem-like poetic prose so beautiful you want to read whole paragraphs twice.” —Susan G. Cole, NOW
“Kim Thuy’s Vi is the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read. This is the perfect book to curl up with at the end of a busy day.” —Lesley Wilkins of Blue Heron Books (Uxbridge, ON), 49th Shelf
“Thúy . . . bravely exposes the sordid reality of racism in Vietnam. . . . Vi, a fragment of the name Vincent, is another example of Thúy’s playfulness with words. In particular, Thúy studies distinctions between languages as if this scrutiny might divulge the reasons for distinctions between peoples. . . . [The] story feels freighted with history.” —Donna Bailey Nurse, Literary Review of Canada