This is one beautiful book—transcendent and painful with a poet’s prose. Vuong, as reviewers have said, creates a new kind of immigrant novel. Written as a letter to a mother who cannot read English, the autobiographical narrator Little Dog shares his family history—his grandmother who married a veteran of the Vietnam war, his mother working in a nail salon, and himself growing up in Connecticut. Gorgeously constructed with reoccurring leitmotifs, Little Dog takes us through his impoverished childhood, instances of xenophobia, discovering his sexuality, and his love for a tragic young boy. This is a book for our moment—it’s all here: our fraught political moment, immigration, the opioid epidemic, the difficult inheritance of Vietnam. Gorgeous, destroying, and unforgettable. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood
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