Cancelled - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai with Karl Marlantes
*This event has been cancelled.
Four years after reading in Seattle from The Secret of Hoa Sen, her book of poetry translated from the Vietnamese, celebrated Vietnamese writer Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai makes this most-welcome Seattle return, reading from her masterful new novel, written in English, The Mountains Sing (Algonquin). There is much to say about this extraordinary book. Go online and you’ll read effusive praise by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ocean Vuong, Thi Bui, Thanhhà Lai, Larry Heinemann, Mai Elliott, and Karl Marlantes (author of Matterhorn, What It Is Like to Go to War, and Deep River, and joining Ms. Nguyen onstage in conversation tonight). Even more, be here at Central Library for a night that should be memorable for all concerned.
“Quế Mai tells the story of the war that tore apart Việt Nam, and of the generation lost to the war, by braiding around it two beautiful strands told by the older and younger generations of a family. This book is an act of love, compassion, and ultimately healing, and very much needed by all who survived the war.”—Thi Bui.
“Expansive in scope and feeling, The Mountains Sing is a feat of hope, an unflinchingly felt inquiry into the past, with the courageous storytelling of the present.”—Ocean Vuong.
“The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling. Through the travails of one family, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai brings us close to the horrors of famine, war, and class struggle. But in this moving and riveting novel, she also shows us a postwar Việt Nam, a country of hope and renewal, home to a people who have never given up.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Co-presented with good assistance by the Vietnamese Friendship Association. Free admission.