VIET THANH NGUYEN at Seattle Central Public Library
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. As if, in short order, having written the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer (which also received at least five other significant awards), and a 2016 National Book Award nonfiction finalist, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, wasn’t enough, Viet Thanh Nguyen is now back with an extraordinary, timely book of stories, The Refugees (Grove Press). “A collection of fluidly modulated yet bracing stories about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., powerful tales of rupture and loss that detonate successive shock waves . . . Each intimate, supple, and heartrending story is unique in its particulars even as all are works of piercing clarity, poignant emotional nuance, and searing insights into the trauma of war and the long chill of exile, the assault on identity and the resilience of the self, and the fragility and preciousness of memories.”—Booklist. “Precise without being clinical, archly humorous without being condescending, and full of understanding; many of the stories might have been written by a modern Flaubert, if that master had spent time in San Jose or Ho Chi Minh City . . . [Nguyen’s] stories, excellent from start to finish, transcend ethnic boundaries to speak to human universals.”—Kirkus Reviews. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seattle Public Central Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call 206.386.4636.