The Boat by Nam Le

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The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection The Boat take us across the globe, from the slums of Colombia to Iowa City; from the streets of Tehran to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea. They guide us to the heart of what it means to be human — and herald the arrival of a remarkable new writer.


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About Nam Le

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Nam Le was born in Vietnam, and raised in Australia. His work has appeared in Zoetrope, A Public Space, One Story, Conjunctions, and the Pushcart Prize and Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies. Currently the fiction editor of the Harvard Review, he divides his time between Australia and the United States.www.namleonline.com
 
Published May 13, 2008 by Vintage. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Whether it’s the prospect of dying at sea or being shot by a drug kingpin or losing family members in a war, Nam Le’s people are individuals trapped in the cross hairs of fate.

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The New York Times

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“The Boat” is Nam Le’s first book, but it is already receiving the kind of praise usually reserved for far more accomplished writers.

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The New York Times

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In his first book of stories, Nam Le asserts his right to roam beyond the “Vietnamese thing.”

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The Guardian

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It's tempting to be sceptical about the global reach of Nam Le's collection, which has attracted considerable international praise.

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The Guardian

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In this collection's first and strongest story, Nam Le twists that perception into a frame for the rest of his writing as the narrator, a version of Le, watches his visiting Vietnamese father burn his short story about the My Lai massacre.

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The Guardian

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It's hard not to sense autobiography in Nam Le's opener, in which a struggling Vietnamese-born creative writing student receives advice from a friend.

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Gather Books

Nam Le took the literary world by storm with the publication of his debut collection of short stories The Boat.

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Bookmarks Magazine

ISBN: 030726808X "For avid readers who have hungered for stories that can transport them physically, intellectually and emotionally, stories so well-structured and narrated they appear to reinvent the form itself, the literary American Idol is Nam Le.

May 11 2008 | Read Full Review of The Boat

Book Lovers

A stunningly inventive, deeply moving fiction debut: stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran;

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Oprah.com

Nam Le was born in Vietnam and raised in Australia, yet his debut collection of stories, The Boat (Knopf), reveals as mature and certain an American voice as just about any native-born writer twice his age.

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