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“Nam Le's lyricism and emotional urgency lend his portraits enormous visceral power. . . . A remarkable collection.”

—The New York Times

The introduction, questions, and suggestions for further reading that follow are intended to enhance your group's conversation about The Boat, a stunning debut collection of stories from the acclaimed young writer Nam Le.

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Le, Nam
Vintage Books USA
Torres, Justin
Short Stories (single author)
General Fiction
Stories (single author)
Literature-A to Z
short stories;fiction;vietnam;australia;stories;refugees;family;australian fiction;vietnamese;hiroshima;contemporary;coming of age;australian literature
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Product details 144 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307388193 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From a Colombian slum to the streets of Tehran, seven characters in seven stories struggle with very particular Swords of Damocles in Pushcart Prize winner Le's accomplished debut. In 'Halflead Bay,' an Australian mother begins an inevitable submission to multiple sclerosis as her teenage son prepares for the biggest soccer game of his life. The narrator of 'Meeting Elise,' a successful but ailing artist in Manhattan, mourns his dead lover as he anticipates meeting his daughter for the first time since she was an infant. The opening 'Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice' features a Vietnamese character named Nam who is struggling to complete his Iowa Writer's Workshop master's as his father comes for a tense visit, the first since an earlier estrangement shattered the family. The story's ironies — 'You could totally exploit the Vietnamese thing,' says a fellow student to Nam — are masterfully controlled by Le, and reverberate through the rest of this peripatetic collection. Taken together, the stories cover a vast geographic territory (Le was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Australia) and are filled with exquisitely painful and raw moments of revelation, captured in an economical style as deft as it is sure." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[R]emarkable....[Le's] sympathy for his characters and his ability to write with both lyricism and emotional urgency lend his portraits enormous visceral power."
"Review" by , "A polished and intense debut story collection of astonishing range....Consummately self-assured."
"Review" by , "Readers of Philip Roth and Andre Brink, as well as those who enjoy complex and emotion-charged short fiction, will devour this book."
"Review" by , "You may never have heard of Nam Le, but with the publication of his first collection of short can expect to hear much more about him in the future....Not yet 30, he is already an extraordinarily accomplished and sophisticated writer."
"Review" by , "I've been telling friends about The Boat for weeks now, saying 'This guy's got it.' Now I'm telling you. Pass it on."
"Review" by , "Le writes rawly rigorous stories that capture entire worlds; each character is distinctive and fully fleshed out, each plot eventful as a full-length novel but artfully compressed. Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , In this stunningly inventive fiction debut, stories transport readers from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran, from a fishing village in Australia to the South China Sea.
"Synopsis" by , We the Animals is a gorgeous, powerful novel that tears deep into the heart of family and launched Justin Torres straight into the spotlight, with a storm of praise from far and wide, including this from Esquire:  "Justin Torres is about to be knighted. We the Animals . . . is the kind of book that makes a career."
"Synopsis" by ,
In this groundbreaking debut, Justin Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become.

"We the Animals is a dark jewel of a book. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. It resembles no other book I’ve read.”—Michael Cunningham

"A miracle in concentrated pages, you are going to read it again and again." —Dorothy Allison

"Rumbles with lyric dynamite . . . Torres is a savage new talent." —Benjamin Percy, Esquire

"A fiery ode to boyhood . . . A welterweight champ of a book." —NPR, Weekend Edition

"A tremendously gifted writer whose highly personal voice should excite us in much the same way that Raymond Carver’s or Jeffrey Eugenides’s voice did when we first heard it." —Washington Post

"A novel so honest, poetic, and tough that it makes you reexamine what it means to love and to hurt." —O, The Oprah Magazine

"The communal howl of three young brothers sustains this sprint of a novel . . . A kind of incantation." —The New Yorker

"Synopsis" by , The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection The Boat take us across the globe, from the slums of Colombia to Iowa City; from the streets of Tehran to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea. They guide us to the heart of what it means to be human — and herald the arrival of a remarkable new writer.
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