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.
Awards and Accolades
2017 Winner – NordSud International Award, Pescarabruzzo Foundation
2017 Winner – Arlette Cousture Award
2018 Shortlist – Scotiabank Giller Prize (Canada)
2017 Shortlist – Prix littéraire des lycéens Award – Île-de-France Region (France)
2016 Shortlist – Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie Award (international)
THÚY’S WRITING IS SPARE, VIVID, AND BEAUTIFULLY POETIC, EVOKING THE LANGUID HEAT OF VIETNAM, AND THE ICY COLD OF THE CANADIAN WINTERS THEY EVENTUALLY ENCOUNTER.
- Richmond new