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Like the best novels, Vuong’s debut demonstrates what is possible through language. The narrator writes a letter to his mother, with whom he immigrated to America from Vietnam as a young boy. Through his life and the lives of his family he reveals the inescapable momentum and violence of politics, war, and profit, which intertwine with personal ancestry and narrative. Also deeply rooted in his story is the scalding, life-giving force of love, which radiates from Vuong's writing. Like my favorite novels, it left me grateful. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
A collection of short stories that explore what it means to work and live and come of age as an immigrant and working class resident of an American city. Rich, dynamic, and real, this book shines a light on the struggles, joys, and desires of a powerful cast of characters. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
A young girl in Mexico runs away from home with a boy she barely knows. What follows is a transformative journey, full of magic and disappointment, told with language that will haunt you. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
This book fictionalizes the true story of the systematic, years-long series of rapes of a community of Mennonite women. A harrowing exploration of misogyny, superstition, and society-condoned violence. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor
I love novels where the narrator hates everything--her jobs, her friends, herself. This sharply funny, angry book hits at the dead endedness of today's world, and the suppressed, thwarted desires of millennial women. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor