The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb
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Lacking the verbal resources to convey this world, Gibb resorts again and again to words that are trite or overcooked. If this novel were a meal, it would leave us bloated.
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The acclaimed author of Sweetness in the Belly journeys to Vietnam in this rich and tantalizing new novel.

Raised in the United States but Vietnamese by birth, Maggie has come to Hanoi seeking clues to the fate of her father, a dissident artist who disappeared during the war. Her search brings her to Old Man Hu'ng's pho stall. The old man once had a shop frequented by revolutionary artists, but now Tu', a hustling young entrepreneur, is his most faithful customer. Maggie, Hu'ng, and Tu' come together during a highly charged season that will mark them forever. Exploring the indelible legacies of war and art, as well as love's power to renew, The Beauty of Humanity Movement is a stellar achievement by a globally renowned literary light.

 

About Camilla Gibb

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CAMILLA GIBB was born in London, England, and has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford University. Sweetness in the Belly was an international bestseller that garnered critical acclaim around the world. Her novels, including Mouthing the Words and The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life, have been translated into fourteen languages. Camilla Gibb lives in Toronto.
 
Published March 17, 2011 by Penguin Books. 323 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Aug 21 2010

Lacking the verbal resources to convey this world, Gibb resorts again and again to words that are trite or overcooked. If this novel were a meal, it would leave us bloated.

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