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File under: Books to be devoured in one sitting. Dreamscapes. The literature of immigration, the literature of exile. Southeast Asia. Southern California. Daughters. Memory. Blood. Water.
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A momentous literary debut: the life of a Vietnamese family in America luminously observed through the knowing eyes of a child.

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 of itchy dresses and run-down apartments 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 for a father's order.

In The Gangster We Are All Looking For, Le Thi Diem Thuy has illuminated a world of great beauty and enormous sorrows. Here is an authentically original story of finding one's place and voice in America.

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"A series of exquisite vignettes told through the eyes of an astonishingly observant Vietnamese girl... it's a window into a sadness we've heard about but seldom understood." Anne Stephenson, Arizona Republic

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"Le allows no sentimentality to creep into this work... a stark and significant work that will challenge readers." Publishers Weekly

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"The Gangster We Are All Looking For is a lucid and important work about lives set adrift on the uncertain currents of world events, fate and memory." Margaria Fichtner, Miami Herald

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"[P]oetically spare but psychologically rich....As Le's narrator grows into adolescence, her perspective expands accordingly, illuminating not only her parents' passionate but violently troubled marriage...but also the many horrific and indelible psychic consequences of war. There is much pain in this exquisite novel, and much beauty." Donna Seaman, Booklist

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"Slender and elegant. . . . A beautifully rendered description of the personal, psychological and historical threads that link father to daughter." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Le captures the magical thinking of childhood with its shifting awareness of the wonders and apprehensions of life." — Village Voice Literary Supplement

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"Le captures the magical thinking of childhood with its shifting awareness of the wonders and apprehensions of life." Hugh Garvey, Village Voice Literary Supplement

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"A brilliant evocation of human sorrow and desire. . . . Heartbreaking and exhilarating. . . . As vivid as a fairy tale, as allusive as a poem."
The New York Times Book Review

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"Breathtaking. . . . Flows in luminous paragraphs that mingle past and present, creating a fluid sense of time." — Vogue

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Le Thi Diem Thuy [pronounced LAY TEE YIM TWEE] was born in Vietnam and now lives in western Massachusetts.

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neithercuddly, April 8, 2009 (view all comments by neithercuddly)
Get this book, or you will regret it! I wasn't expecting too much from it, but ten pages in, and I was hooked. Thi Diem Thuy Le is amazing at infusing prose with poetry, and the book builds like a piece of music, with an ending climax that will disappoint no one. It grabs at your heart and tugs until you can see the sun baked streets she describes, until you can hear the parents fighting. Amazing.
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J T, February 24, 2007 (view all comments by J T)
An incredibly captivating, beautiful, heartbreaking, life-affirming, perfectly-wrought evocation of love and loss. Although le thi diem thuy drew upon her own autobiography, what results is poetry infused with the depth of etched emotion ~ a distillation of just the right details, metaphors, & passages ~ never too much or too little, & always the most skillful & sincere voice & tone. A masterful debut. Highly recommended!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700026
Author:
Le, Thi Diem Thuy
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Other:
Le, Thuy
Author:
Thuy, Le Thi Diem
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.02x5.18x.47 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Anchor Books - English 9780375700026 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

File under: Books to be devoured in one sitting. Dreamscapes. The literature of immigration, the literature of exile. Southeast Asia. Southern California. Daughters. Memory. Blood. Water.

"Review" by , "A series of exquisite vignettes told through the eyes of an astonishingly observant Vietnamese girl... it's a window into a sadness we've heard about but seldom understood."
"Review" by , "Le allows no sentimentality to creep into this work... a stark and significant work that will challenge readers."
"Review" by , "The Gangster We Are All Looking For is a lucid and important work about lives set adrift on the uncertain currents of world events, fate and memory."
"Review" by , "[P]oetically spare but psychologically rich....As Le's narrator grows into adolescence, her perspective expands accordingly, illuminating not only her parents' passionate but violently troubled marriage...but also the many horrific and indelible psychic consequences of war. There is much pain in this exquisite novel, and much beauty."
"Review" by , "Slender and elegant. . . . A beautifully rendered description of the personal, psychological and historical threads that link father to daughter." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Le captures the magical thinking of childhood with its shifting awareness of the wonders and apprehensions of life." — Village Voice Literary Supplement

"Review" by , "Le captures the magical thinking of childhood with its shifting awareness of the wonders and apprehensions of life."
"Review" by , "A brilliant evocation of human sorrow and desire. . . . Heartbreaking and exhilarating. . . . As vivid as a fairy tale, as allusive as a poem."
"Review" by , "Breathtaking. . . . Flows in luminous paragraphs that mingle past and present, creating a fluid sense of time." —
"Synopsis" by , 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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