The refugees / Viet Thanh Nguyen.
LJ Reviews 2016 September #1
Nguyen's The Sympathizer won six prizes (including the Pulitzer) and was a finalist for four, which must be some sort of record. In this second work of fiction, a story collection whose earliest entry dates from 1997, the characters include a young Vietnamese refugee adjusting to living with two gay men in San Francisco and a woman who's come to Ho Chi Minh City from America, leaving her younger half-sister dismayed at what she herself can never have or do.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
LJ Reviews 2016 November #2
Although publishing ten months after Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer, this collection precedes his novel by decades (the earliest entry dates from 1997). In a pre-Pulitzer interview [ow.ly/qXus3057v1g], Nguyen credits a 15-year experience "characterized by drudgery and despair, laced with a few bright moments when the stories were published or won awards" as the labor necessary to produce his stupendous Sympathizer. These eight stories encompass migration, loss, and disconnect as characters navigate and stumble through memories, experiences, and perceived realities. Two siblings reconnect in "Black-Eyed Women" decades after their deadly boat escape from Vietnam. The children of refugees serve as both witnesses and enablers to their dislocated parents in "War Years," "Someone Else Besides You," and "Fatherland." Unlikely connections haunt two of the most resonating stories: an aging man with dementia begins to call his wife by someone else's name in "I'd Love You To Want Me," while an organ recipient meets the donor's family in "The Transplant." VERDICT For Nguyen groupies desperate for future titles, Refugees is a highly gratifying interlude. 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. Either way, highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 8/8/16.]—Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
PW Reviews 2016 December #3
Each searing tale in Nguyen's follow-up to the Pulitzer-winning