Ms. Thuy writes impeccable books that are short, like her titles (Ru, Vi), and yet packed with insightful content. This new book begins in Viet Nam in the 1970s, with the My Lai massacre and the fall of Saigon. Both the horrors of war and the resilience of survivors are highlighted: overall, this is a powerful book.
Ms Thuy writes with great economy: short titles and short books that have meaningful content. Vi leaves Viet Nam as an 8-year-old, part of the Vietnamese diaspora. She is quiet, taught to be invisible; nevertheless, she has a presence and strength of character. This moving book has an incredible ending – a must read.