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*Foyles Fiction Book of the Year 2019* An intimate novel of a man’s unburdening as he wrestles with sexual discovery, family tradition, and the ghosts of the Vietnam War.
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for September 2020 Shortlisted for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 Brilliant, heartbreaking and highly original, Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family's struggle to forge a new future. And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog's life his mother has never known - episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion - all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- ISBN: 9781529110685
- Number of pages: 256
- Weight: 181g
- Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm