Monique Truong’s novel, The Sweetest Fruits (Viking), is a retelling of the life of Lafcadio Hearn through the eyes of three women: his Greek mother, the African American woman who was his lover and supporter and the Japanese woman who became his wife and literary collaborator. Lafcadio Hearn, a 19th Century writer best known for his interpretations of Japanese folk tales and customs for Western audiences, is still revered for his role as one of the first Westerners to try to convey his appreciation and knowledge about Japan. The Sweetest Fruits, written with careful attention to historical accounts, provides a new way of looking at and connecting with this important and beloved writer. Monique Truong’s first visit to Elliott Bay was with her debut novel, The Book of Salt.
“Truong does what she does best, painting a vivid portrait of privilege, restlessness, and tenacity through the conflicting experiences of characters grappling with their senses of love, family, and home.”—LitHub.
“Globetrotting, luminous… Like [Truong’s] first novel, The Book of Salt, The Sweetest Fruits leads readers on a sweeping narrative that poses questions about belonging, existence, and storytelling.”—The Millions.
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