They are pallid creatures, more frightened of us than we are of them. Nguyen is an exceptional storyteller who packs an enormous amount of information and images into a short work . The Refugees confirms Nguyen as an agile, trenchant writer, able to inhabit a number of contrary points of view. . predecessor . . He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction alongside seven other prizes. The opening story, ‘Black-Eyed Women’ . . A new collection of short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen will change that . . . . Nguyen has a remarkable eye for detail that allows him to cast every image with real emotional force . . Your purchase helps support NPR programming. The Refugees.First edition. Read it now, or read it later—but read it.” —Claire Fallon, Huffington Post, “The Refugees is full of complicated family dynamics, cultural rifts and surprising resolutions . These books do stand apart, distinct from each other, which makes the world limned in these stories even more remarkable. . The collection’s subtle, attentive prose and straightforward narrative style perfectly suit the low-profile civilian lives it explores . . . . When I asked her what she was doing here, she just smiled. For those reading The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, here are discussion questions for each story in the book as well as conversations recorded by D.C. residents who read the story: “Black-eyed Women” The narrator of the story is a ghostwriter. The writing, as I am told has been said, is as good as The Sympathizer, but a comparison is really not necessary. Yet, the abiding power of these intelligent, crafted stories is his reading of human nature in domestic situations and often astute dialogue . What's clear is … . I go hunting for the ghosts, something I can do without ever leaving home," she muses. 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. I love the line from the nameless narrator talking to her ghost brother: ‘Why have you come back?’ . . is a superbly orchestrated piece of writing, with many movements and depths, moving across generations . It's a beautiful collection that deftly illustrates the experiences of the kinds of people our country has, until recently, welcomed with open arms. . . . [Nguyen’s] understanding of the refugee tragedy . By Viet Thanh Nguyen. . . They are complicatedly human and deserving our care and empathy . He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees, the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award, and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. The Refugees—story as ’tude. 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. His new short story collection explores the refugee experience — and draws from his own. The plan was to stir the unhappy people against their Communistrulers, incite a revolution, and resurrect the Republic of the South.” . In "The Americans," a married couple visit their daughter, who works as an English teacher in Saigon. Nguyen was born in Ban Me Thuot, Vietnam in 1971, the son of refugees from North Vietnam who moved south in 1954. Nguyen . . "He tried to forget what he'd discovered, how little other lives mattered to him when his own was at stake.". beautiful and heartrending . . ", A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War, Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam. An Independent Literary Publisher Since 1917. It’s hard not to feel for Nguyen’s characters . . An exquisite book.” —Megan Mayhew Bergman, Washington Post, “The Refugees arrives right on time . In his first short story collection, writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel The Sympathizer, takes a look at how it feels and what it means to be a refugee. Ever since my father died a few years ago, my mother and I had lived together politely. Nguyen handles the subject matter with empathy and sociopolitical awareness. . Nguyen writes . . Club, “[A] sophisticated collection . In this collection, Viet Thanh Nguyen begins to assemble one.” The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family. . Chicago Style Citation. . . . Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. Nguyen’s flair with words and his genius at succinct, compelling plots and dynamic characters creates huge worlds in few pages. . In our moment, to look faithfully and empathetically at the scars made by dislocation, to bear witness to the past pain and present vulnerability such scars speak of, is itself a political act. . For short fiction fans of other extraordinary, between-culture collections such as Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders and Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, Nguyen won’t disappoint.” —Library Journal (starred review), “Precise without being clinical, archly humorous without being condescending, and full of understanding; many of the stories might have been written by a modern Flaubert, if that master had spent time in San Jose or Ho Chi Minh City . . This is beautiful, telling work—once again!” —Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company, “The Refugees continues our opportunity to get to know Viet Thanh Nguyen, who we met with The Sympathizer. . . . It’s an urgent, wonderful collection that proves that fiction can be more than mere storytelling—it can bear witness to the lives of people who we can’t afford to forget.” —Michael Schaub, NPR Books, “The Refugees is as impeccably written as it is timed . . Powerful . The true power of this collection lies in the way Nguyen subverts stereo—typical notions of the refugee experience, both sharpening and stretching our appreciation of its vast, universal dimensions in stories that range across generations, gender and time . [Nguyen’s] stories, excellent from start to finish, transcend ethnic boundaries to speak to human universals.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review), “Nguyen’s penetrating gaze will mesmerize readers and open windows to the particular nuances of a population struggling to find its identity . . [A] timely collection . . . . . . New York: Grove Press. Many of these short stories are bona fide perfect . Nguyen writes . They are also humorous and smart . . It's an urgent, wonderful collection that proves that fiction can be more than mere storytelling — it can bear witness to the lives of people who we can't afford to forget. Ghosts, writing, dominant mothers, the primacy of sons . . . . 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. . . . . . But Nguyen never asks the reader to pity them; he wants us only to see them as human beings. Nguyen, whose most recent novel "The Sympathizer" won a Pulitzer Prize in 2016, will be reading from his new short story collection The Refugees, a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The stories set out immigrant experiences both here and in other places (mainly Vietnam). The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s story collection following his Pulitzer-winning novel The Sympathize r, reminds us that “literature is news that stays news”, as Ezra Pound put it. . . A lovely nuanced theory of visitation.” —Lucy Kogler, Talking Leaves Books, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Honor Award Nguyen, Viet Thanh. . . . Her long gray hair, which she usually wore in a chignon, was loose and fell over her shoulders and in her face. Nguyen and his family eventually settled in San Jose, which at the time was the second largest Vietnamese refugee community in the United States. Viet Thanh Nguyen Is The Pro-Refugee Voice America Needs To Hear "Those of us who are refugees and immigrants or who support them, we have to use every tool at our disposal, including our writing." That is why we see these shades so rarely, and why we must seek them out.". Nguyen is not here to sympathize . . . ', and 'I could live without television, but not without books.' With anger but not despair, with reconciliation but not unrealistic hope, and with genuine humour that is not used to diminish anyone, Nguyen has breathed life into many unforgettable characters, and given us a timely book focusing, in the words of Willa Cather, on ‘the slow working out of fate in people of allied sentiment and allied blood.’” —Yiyun Li, Guardian, “Delicately captures the traumas and triumphs of the migrant experience . An Indie Next Selection . Nguyen’s prose is consistently eloquent and thoughtful.” —8Asians.com, “Each searing tale in Nguyen’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-winning The Sympathizer is a pressure cooker of unease, simmering with unresolved issues of memory and identity for the Vietnamese whose lives were disrupted by the ‘American War.’ . . . . . . ‘stories are just things we fabricate, nothing more,’ one character declares. How? . . A worthy reminder that refugees are children, mothers, and fathers–not just casualties.” —Thu-Huong Ha, Quartz, “Excellent . . [A] poignant collection of short stories . . . . Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015. The Refugees is a book that needs to be read: it is astonishingly good.” —Donal O’Donoghue, RT Guide (Ireland), “A timely look at lives of outsiders in America . An essential read for anyone seeking to understand the immigrant experience . Harrowing yet heartening . Even if you've read the news reports or seen the horrifying photographs, it's hard to fathom the terrible extent of the Syrian refugee crisis. . For his next project, acclaimed author Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) has taken on the role of editor. . . Each comes to the United States out of the necessity to make a better life. The stories humanize Vietnamese-Americans who do not always fit the inflexible ‘model minority’ stereotype. . This is a book to savor again and again.” —Jen Forbus, Shelf Awareness, “In these times of looking inward and shutting out, of breaking down bridges and building walls, Nguyen’s eight stark and incisive tales provide valuable, necessary insight into the pain and upheaval of exchanging a homeland for an adopted other . She constantly fed me gossip and stories. . The Refugees is simply a beautiful collection of captivating stories. all Nguyen’s fiction is pervaded by a shared intensity of vision, by stinging perceptions that drift like windblown ashes.” —Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker, “These stories of Vietnamese refugees cast a lingering spell . . . a self-effacing writer of stories allegedly more interesting. When the writer's mother mentions that she was visited by the ghost of her son, killed by pirates on the boat voyage to America, the writer wonders whether she might be on the verge of senility. . It's a beautiful story about love, fear and loss, rendered perfectly by Nguyen. Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. [An] unpretentious, deliberate and well-observed collection.” —Eileen Battersby, Irish Times, “The eight stories that make up this brief volume are a delight . The refugees (First edition.). . Uncle confirmed it when I called. . . . . Grove Press Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer, and short story collection, The Refugees. . . First novels don’t come much finer than “The Sympathizer,” the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winner by Vietnamese … is profound. . Forthcoming in February 2017. Dedicated to all refugees, everywhere, Nguyen’s absorbing prose about people forced to leave their homes and begin anew should be mandatory reading for 2017.” —AM New York (2017 Books to Read), “A heart-rending work exploring themes of identity, culture, family, immigration, alienation, and the desire to belong . . . . Aunt Six died of a heart attack at seventy-six, she told me once, twice, or perhaps three times, repetition being her habit. Each story is so smooth that you don’t at first realize how richly the author is layering his worlds . . . Finally there was her favorite kind, the ghost story, of which she knew many, some even firsthand. His are rich, transformative tales whose truths run deep and whose characters’ plights move us.” —Malcolm Forbes, National (Abu Dhabi), “A tremendously compelling read. . Nguyen does not comment much at this moment about the undocumented workers at Arellano and Sons, but one can draw a connection between the immigrants and the refugees of this story. . . . He's taken in by a gay couple, immigrants themselves, one from England and one from Hong Kong. She had passed away that morning, in her own bed. . I never took her stories seriously. . "-Financial Times (UK)< "At a time when paranoia about refugees and migrants has reached a new high in America and perhaps the world, Viet Thanh Nguyen's first collection of short stories, The Refugees, adds a necessary voice humanizing this group of demonized people . When I turned around again to see her, she was gone. Sharp, sardonic, poignant and profoundly human . . . . . With the coruscating gaze of The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. . But then she herself gets a visit from her brother's ghost, and realizes her lifelong struggle to forget him has always been doomed to fail. . Nguyen’s stories are to be admired for their ability to encompass not only the trauma of forced migration but also the grand themes of identity, the complications of love and sexuality, and the general awkwardness of being . Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, Chicago Public Library, National Post, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, and Goodreads In The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. . that takes piercingly intimate looks at the lives of refugees . . The eight unpredictable and moving stories that make up The Refugees are a remarkable achievement.” —Tom Zelman, Minneapolis Star Tribune, “With masterful economy and ease, the Pulitzer Prize-winner subverts our expectations of the refugee experience . Nguyen's family first settled in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, which was one of four American camps that accommodated refugees from Vietnam. It's hard not to feel for Nguyen's characters, many of whom have been dealt an unfathomably bad hand. . APA Citation. . . And Viet Thanh Nguyen drives that point home brilliantly.” —Mekong Review, “Hits like a punch in the gut . "As he lay on his cot and listened to children playing hide-and-seek in the alleys between the tents, he tried to forget the people who had clutched at the air as they fell into the river, some knocked down in the scramble, others shot in the back by desperate soldiers clearing a way for their own escape," Nguyen writes. The only kind I enjoyed concerned my father when he was a man I did not know, young and happy. Unlock with LitCharts A+ . . Liem’s exhaustion highlights another difficulty facing refugees: that in order to receive aid, people must relive traumatic memories over and over again. . . It is refreshing and essential to have this work from a writer who knows and feels the terrain on an intellectual, emotional and cellular level–it shows . . --Financial Times (UK) "At a time when paranoia about refugees and migrants has reached a new high in America and perhaps the world, Viet Thanh Nguyen's first collection of short stories, The Refugees, adds a necessary voice humanizing this group of … A beautifully written collection, filled with empathy and insight into the lives of people who have too often been erased from the larger American media landscape.” —May-lee Chai, Dallas Morning News, “The Refugees is the book we need now . . . He can also be a sly humorist . Throughout, Nguyen demonstrates the richness of the refugee experience, while also foregrounding the very real trauma that lies at its core.” —Doree Shafrir, BuzzFeed, “The perfect book to read at this historical moment in America . “Stories about people poised between their devastated homeland and their affluent adopted country . These eight works celebrate the art of telling stories as an act of resilience and survival . . . So, too, is Nguyen’s dedication: ‘For all refugees, everywhere.’” —Anthony Domestico, Boston Globe, “Tragically good timing . . Newsletters, offers and promotions delivered straight to your inbox. . With the volume turned down, we lean in more closely, listening beyond what the refugees say to step into their skins.” —Mia Alvar, New York Times Book Review, “A beautiful collection that deftly illustrates the experiences of the kinds of people our country has, until recently, welcomed with open arms . . By Claire Fallon. While Nguyen offers philosophical battles both internal and external, he also uses language that is delivered with reverence and grace, conjuring robust imagery . Nguyen’s writing–as polished and powerful as it was in The Sympathizer—confirms the author’s place among today’s most compelling literary voices.” —Lien E. Le, Harvard Crimson, “The stories abound with images of doubleness and surreal twists of perception, often imbuing the narratives with a dreamlike clarity and strangeness . . Dedicated to “all refugees, everywhere,” The Refugees is a selection of nine stories from Nguyen’s 20 years of writing. Nguyen’s narrative style—restrained, spare, avoiding metaphor or the syntactical virtuosity on display in every paragraph of The Sympathizer—is well suited for portraying tentative states . Nguyen, V. T. (2017). As our first major Vietnamese-American writer, Nguyen is a prodigious genius making up for lost time.” –Marion Winik, Newsday, “At a time when paranoia about refugees and migrants has reached a new high in America and perhaps the world, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s first collection of short stories, The Refugees, adds a necessary voice humanizing this group of demonized people . . . . This gorgeous collection of short stories recalls Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, but with Vietnam as the loose center around which the richly drawn characters orbit . . Then came stories of terror like the one about the reporter, the moral being that life, like the police, enjoys beating people now and again. Finalist for the California Book Awards (Fiction) Nguyen writes... with a unique poetry." Throughout the collection Nguyen crafts a personal language and imagery superbly fitted to each character’s volatile, near-inexpressible memories and reflections. This is an important and incisive book written by a major writer with firsthand knowledge of the human rights drama exploding on the international stage–and the talent to give us inroads toward understanding it . The short story is a beautiful affirmation of the supreme importance of art in our daily lives. . And he feels ill at ease on Vietnamese soil, finding it hard to forget his actions during the war: "The tonnage fell far behind his B-52 after its release, and so he had never seen his own payload explode or even drop, although he watched other planes of his squadron scattering their black seed into the wind, leaving him to imagine what he would later see on film, the bombs exploding, footfalls of an invisible giant stomping the earth." Nominated for the Bookish Awards (Best Short Story Collection) With The Refugees we are beginning to get a sense of the immensity of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s ability as a writer and thinker.” —Paul Yamazaki, City Lights, San Francisco, “Viet Thanh Nguyen really has pulled off a literary hat trick, in quick succession at that—brilliant novel (The Sympathizer), brilliant non-fiction study (Nothing Ever Dies)—and now, with The Refugees, a superb, brilliant book of stories. [An] extraordinary collection . with a unique poetry.” —Fatima Bhutto, Financial Times (UK), “With President Trump’s recent attempt to ban refugees from entering America, the quiet but impressively moving tales dissecting the Vietnamese experience in California in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees are a powerful antidote to all the fear mongering and lies out there . He lives in Los Angeles. She lived in Vung Tau and we were in Nha Trang, she said. . . Despite the many accolades heaped upon Nguyen . Named One of 100 Must-Read Contemporary Short Story Collections by Book Riot. . A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2017 . These are fully human tales, what these vividly rendered characters encounter, all in some way, taking on the shock of arrival in a new land, if not departure from what had been home. Absorb[s] both the nostalgia and bitterness that have characterized so many refugees in the decades since 1975, when South Vietnam fell to the communist North and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese began streaming out of their homeland.” —Rayyan Al-Shawaf, San Francisco Chronicle, “The Refugees is both timely, given the current debate about refugees in America, and timeless in its exploration of universal human struggles. . . . it still comes as a revelation just how beguiling these stories are. . In The Refugees, such figures aren’t, contra Trump, an undifferentiated, threatening mass. . . 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 … Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize . . . . He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for First Novel, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen started writing The Refugees, a short-story collection, in 1997 and didn’t finish it until 2014. Viet’s stories succeed.” —Akhil Sharma, Electric Literature, “A remarkable work of fiction.” —Bustle (“15 of 2017’s Most Anticipated Fiction Books”), “Both a timely work of fiction and an artistic retrospective of a community’s voyage over the decades.” —Paul Taunton, National Post (Buzz-worthy Books for February), “Nguyen’s brilliant new work of fiction offers vivid and intimate portrayals of characters and explores identity, war, and loss in stories collected over a period of two decades.” —Millions (Most Anticipated Book Previews), “A collection of stories that could not be any more relevant for the years that lie ahead. “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen Grove Press, 209 pp., $25. Bebe Jacobs/Grove Atlantic hide caption Each rather difficult, yet short and provocative. He pairs brutally authentic realism with lyric narratives to ultimately resonate with haunting truth . In Liem’s case, it is also apparent that escaping Vietnam was a difficult choice in and of itself, because it meant having to leave his family, as well as the only life he had ever known. "As they haunt our country, so do we haunt theirs. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. . . Being surrounded by fellow refugees gave Nguyen a sense of his Vietnamese heritage and greatly impacted his writing, especially The Sympathizer. . Nguyen is an expert on prickly family dynamics . . [A] superb new collection . Nguyen’s message, instead, is that they are people, like all of us, with complicated lives and histories.” —Trine Tsouderos, Chicago Tribune, “[A] quietly profound peek into the lives of Vietnam’s deracinated and dispossessed . is an expert on the implications of displacement . As one of Nguyen's character reflects, "Stories are just things we fabricate, nothing more. . . 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