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Random House, Inc.
LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE: 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 daughter of an enterprising mother and a wealthy, spoiled father who never had to grow up, Vi was the youngest of their four children and the only girl. They gave her a name that meant "precious, tiny one," destined to be cosseted and protected, the family's little treasure.
     But the Vietnam War destroys life as they've known it. 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. 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 geography, the intricate fabric of humanity, the complexity of love, the infinite possibilities before her. Ever the quiet observer, somehow Vi must find a way to finally take her place in the world.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Random House Canada,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735272798
Branch Call Number: FIC THU
Characteristics: 129 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fischman, Sheila - Translator


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May 13, 2018

I loved this story. It's touching and felt real. A life of leaving one's home and fitting into a new home, mistakes made, stories left untold or unfinished made for a touching story. Vi's search for self, confidence and place made for terrific reading.
I really liked Kim Thuy's writing style. I haven't read her other books and plan to. Her sentences are short and yet state so much. The story is short, yet has a depth and span that goes beyond it's pages.

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