by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Published: February 2017
8 short stories that span the wide spectrum of Vietnamese-American immigrant experiences. From literal ghost stories of those haunted by the past, to a neighborhood rivalry between two mothers struggling to make a difference, each story peers into a broken family displaced by war.
4 out of 5 stars: Beautifully moving stories of hope, sorrow, and nostalgia. For me, the standouts were “Black-Eyed Women”, “War Years” and “I’d Love You To Want Me.” I enjoyed these so much, I may have to revisit The Sympathizer (which still sits right where I left it when I got distracted by who knows what and failed our burgeoning book club so miserably. I’m better now, guys, promise!)