Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer was a standout amongst the most generally and exceptionally commended books of 2015, the champ not just of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, additionally the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen’s next fiction book, The Refugees, is an accumulation of flawlessly framed stories composed over a time of a quarter century, inquiries of migration, personality, love, and family.
With the coruscating look that educated The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen offers voice to lives drove between two universes, the embraced country and the nation of birth. From a youthful Vietnamese exile who endures significant culture stun when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a lady whose spouse is experiencing dementia and begins to mistake her for a previous sweetheart, to a young lady living in Ho Chi Minh City whose more seasoned stepsister returns from America having apparently fulfilled all that she never will, the stories are a spellbinding demonstration of the fantasies and hardships of movement. The second bit of fiction by a noteworthy new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a delightfully composed and forcefully watched book about the goals of the individuals who abandon one nation for another, and the connections and longings for self-satisfaction that characterize our lives.