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Grass Roof, Tin Roof

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This novel follows Tran, a Vietnamese woman, from her days of working for a politically charged newspaper in Saigon in the '70s to her family life in California and on into her children's lives. A precise story about the nature of belonging. I loved it.
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In this stunning novel about a Vietnamese family resettling in the isolation of California gold country, Dao Strom investigates the myth of westward progress and the consequences of cultural displacement.

Told from multiple perspectives and interwoven with the intimate reflections of a middle child, Grass Roof, Tin Roof begins with the story of Tran, a Vietnamese writer facing government persecution, who flees her homeland during the exodus of 1975 and brings her two children to the West. Here she marries a Danish American man who has survived a different war. He promises understanding and guidance, but the psychic consequences of his past soon hinder his relationships with the family. The children, for whom the war is now a distant shadow, struggle to understand the world around them on their own terms.

In delicate, innovative prose, Strom's characters experience the collision of cultures and the spiritual aftermath of war on the most visceral level. Grass Roof, Tin Roof is a beautiful work of profundity and empathy, powerful emotion and rare insight.

Synopsis:

This stunning debut novel centers on a Vietnamese family resettling and living in the isolation of California gold country. Strom investigates, in a contemporary context, the myth of westward progress and the consequences of cultural displacement.

About the Author

Dao Strom was born in 1973 in Saigon to a well-known writer and journalist. Her mother fled the country with her when she was a baby; her father stayed and was later sent to reeducation camps. Strom grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her mother and stepfather. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune; Still Wild, an anthology edited by Larry McMurtry; and several literary magazines, and she is the recipient of a James Michener fellowship, the Chicago Tribune/Nelson Algren Award, and several other grants. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618145591
Author:
Strom, DAO
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Dao
Author:
Strom
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
California
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Stepfamilies
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
Rural families
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Danish Americans.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
34
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.23x5.52x.61 in. .58 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618145591 Reviews:
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This novel follows Tran, a Vietnamese woman, from her days of working for a politically charged newspaper in Saigon in the '70s to her family life in California and on into her children's lives. A precise story about the nature of belonging. I loved it.

"Synopsis" by , This stunning debut novel centers on a Vietnamese family resettling and living in the isolation of California gold country. Strom investigates, in a contemporary context, the myth of westward progress and the consequences of cultural displacement.
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