Mãn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Mãn a husband—a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal.
Thrown into a new world, Mãn discovers her natural talent as a chef. She creates dishes that evoke memory and emotion, time and place, and even bring her customers to tears.
Mãn is a mystery—while her name means “perfect fulfillment,” she and her husband seem to drift along, respectfully and dutifully. But when she encounters a married chef in Paris, Mãn discovers the obsession and ever-present dangers of a love affair.
Full of indelible images of beauty, delicacy and quiet power, Mãn is a novel that begs to be savoured.
Awards and Accolades
2013 Shortlist – Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie Award
2013 Shortlist – Prix Ouest-France Étonnants Voyageurs Award (France)
Barnes & Noble Discovery Pick, Autumn 2015 (United States)
MacEwan University Book of the Year, 2015 (Canada)
Algonquin College Book of the Year, 2015 (Canada)
WITH MÃN, HER SECOND NOVEL, KIM THÚY PROVES THAT SHE IS NOT THE WOMAN OF A SINGLE BOOK. NOT ONLY DID SHE SURVIVE THE IMMENSE SUCCESS OF RU, WHO WAS INSPIRED BY HER JOURNEY, BUT SHE ALSO DEMONSTRATES THAT SHE CAN VERY WELL TELL THE STORY OF OTHERS - THAT OF THEIR EXILES, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR PASSIONS, OF THEIR RENOUNCEMENTS.
- La Presse