BABEL: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Announcement Date : Friday, March 23, 2018Categories: Official JB Events

Viet Thanh Nguyen - BABEL - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY

Where:
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m.

About the Author
In the spring, we will continue to think about how Buffalo is the city of good neighbors when we welcome Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Born in Viet Nam, Nguyen came to the United States as a refugee at the age of four. The feeling of being an outsider or “other” defines Nguyen’s writing. Last year, his novel The Sympathizer topped more than 30 book-of-the-year lists.

In honor of Buffalo’s proud record of welcoming more than 2,000 refugees this year alone from around the globe and ranking 8th in the country for the number of Syrian families who have resettled here in our community, we will read Nguyen’s latest book, The Refugees. This beautiful collection of short stories explores universal and urgent themes of love and family, the histories we hold within us and the people “we can’t afford to forget.”

(Photograph of Viet Thanh Nguyen courtesy of The Tuesday Agency)

About the Book
Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Refugees - BABEL - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen’s next fiction book, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

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