Short Girls by BichMinh Nguyen

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The authentic and compassionate first novel about two sisters from the author of the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner

Called "A writer to watch, a tremendous talent" by the Chicago Tribune, Bich Minh Nguyen makes her fiction debut with the deeply moving and entertaining story of two Vietnamese sisters. Aside from their petite stature, Van and Linny Luong couldn't be more different. Diligent, unassuming Van works as an immigration lawyer in the Michigan suburbs where she resides with her handsome, Chinese-American lawyer husband. Beautiful, fashionable Linny lives in Chicago and has drifted into an affair with a married man. When Van's picture-perfect marriage collapses and Linny finds herself grappling to escape her dead-end life, the long-estranged sisters are unable to confide in one another- until their eccentric inventor father calls them back home to the Vietnamese American community they fled long ago.


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Bich Minh Nguyen [Bit Min Nwin] is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner. She teaches at Purdue University.
Published May 22, 2009 by Penguin Books. 316 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adding to the sisters’ growing uncertainties is an unwelcome homecoming: Van and Linny are called back to Grand Rapids to help celebrate their father’s recent U.S. citizenship.

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Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Van and Linny Luong, the short girls of the title, are second-generat...

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Bich Minh Nguyen’s novel Short Girls is a story told in multiple flashbacks mingled with the events of the present day about two second-generation Vietnamese sisters Linny and Van Luong.

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(Accounts of Van’s legal work, particularly with a post-9/11 deportee whose defeat in court caused a rift with her husband, provide a fascinating counterpoint without moralizing.) Plucky Mr. Luong, a defiant world away from the stranded, strangled parents of Jhumpa Lahiri or Amy Tan, gives Short ...

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Deseret News

"Short Girls" draws on some of the same experiences and imagery as Nguyen's well-reviewed memoir, "Stealing Buddha's Dinner."

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Bookmarks Magazine

However, most critics felt Nguyen’s sense of place (she grew up in Michigan and knows her terrain), as well as her ability to keep the story moving forward even as the narrative hopscotched through time, elevated the work.

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