The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan

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I just did not get involved in the characters. It might be based on my experiences, or just that there was too much confusion to keep me on track.
-Bless Their Hearts Mom

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Cherry Truong's parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, twenty-one-year-old Cherry travels to their homeland and finds herself on a journey to uncover her family's decades-old secrets—hidden loves, desperate choices, and lives ripped apart by the march of war and currents of history.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the story of two fierce and unforgettable families, the Truongs and the Vos: their harrowing escape from Vietnam after the war, the betrayal that divided them, and the stubborn memories that continue to bind them years later, even as they come to terms with their hidden sacrifices and bitter mistakes. Kim-Ly, Cherry's grandmother, once wealthy and powerful in Vietnam, now struggles to survive in Little Saigon, California without English or a driver's license. Cherry's other grandmother Hoa, whose domineering husband has developed dementia, discovers a cache of letters from a woman she thought had been left behind. As Cherry pieces their stories together, she uncovers the burden of her family's love and the consequences of their choices.

Set in Vietnam, France, and the United States, Aimee Phan's sweeping debut novel reveals a family still yearning for reconciliation, redemption, and a place to call home.

 

About Aimee Phan

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AIMEE PHAN is the author of We Should Never Meet, a collection of short stories. She has received a Maytag Fellowship from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, as well as a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Oregonian, among other publications.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 15 2012

Phan’s family saga has many riches, but it lacks the clear focus to become a standout debut.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 30 2012

Stretching from 1979 to 2002, this deliberately paced novel demonstrates, through more than two decades of the Vietnamese immigrant experience, how true that is.

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Susan Lee

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Lee on Mar 08 2012

Phan deftly weaves her narrative back and forth through the past and present... and explores their lives with an impressive level of emotional nuance.

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All the Books I Can Read

Below average
Apr 25 2012

I did feel like I ‘missed something’ right at the end when I realised it was complete and there were some things that I would really have liked to have known about some characters at the end, or seen.

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Below average
Reviewed by Nicola Mansfield on Apr 08 2012

The abrupt ending startled me, but otherwise I very much enjoyed this sometimes dark and always unforgettable story of familial ties, love and betrayal.

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Bless Their Hearts Mom

Below average
Reviewed by Nicole on Apr 07 2012

I just did not get involved in the characters. It might be based on my experiences, or just that there was too much confusion to keep me on track.

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