The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy

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This acclaimed novel reveals the life of a Vietnamese family in America through the knowing eyes of a child finding her place and voice in a new country.

In 1978 six refugees—a girl, her father, and four “uncles”—are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. In the child’s imagination, the world is transmuted into an unearthly realm: she sees everything intensely, hears the distress calls of inanimate objects, and waits for her mother to join her. But life loses none of its strangeness when the family is reunited. As the girl grows, her matter-of-fact innocence eddies increasingly around opaque and ghostly traumas: the cataclysm that engulfed her homeland, the memory of a brother who drowned and, most inescapable, her father’s hopeless rage.


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About Le Thi Diem Thuy

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lê thi diem thúy [pronounced LAY TEE YIM TWEE] was born in Vietnam and now lives in western Massachusetts.
 
Published April 13, 2011 by Anchor. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri Flamingo, £15.99, pp304 The Gangster We Are All Looking For Le Thi Diem Thuy Picador, £12.99, pp200 Old School Tobias Wolff Bloomsbury £12.99, pp320 Wish I May Justine Picardie Picador £15.99, pp356 Jhumpa Lahiri's gracious novel, The Namesake, begi...

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Lê's first novel is a bracing, unvarnished, elliptical account of a Vietnamese refugee family, in America but not yet of it, hobbled by an unfamiliar environment and their own troubled relationships.

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