Yesterday afternoon the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced. Boy, was I excited to see Vietnamese American writer Viet Thanh Nguyen win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel The Sympathizer!
I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s on my list. As a Vietnamese American myself, I’m glad to see other Vietnamese Americans succeed. Especially in non-traditional jobs like writing. Jobs our immigrant parents would not approve.
The Sympathizer has received rave reviews from outlets that cater to different audiences. That says a lot about the novel’s appeal. Here’s the book blurb:
It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.
The novel has been on my Kindle for a while, but now I’m moving it to the top of the list! Right now the Kindle version of The Sympathizer is only $5.24!
Have you read it?
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