The Refugees

The Refugees

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 From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisc...

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Title:The Refugees
Author:Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:The Refugees
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:209 pages pages

The Refugees Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 27, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

    I'm clearly the odd one out here, so take this review with a huge grain of salt (and be sure to read other reviews if you're considering this book). I never read The Sympathizer, so I'm not sure if I just don't click with this author's style, or if I just didn't click with this book. I...

    I would have liked a little more distance between reading both The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War in the fall before digging into these stories, but with a review copy, I don't always have a choice with expiration dates looming. There are some share...

  • Cheri
    Dec 28, 2016

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

  • JanB
    Apr 29, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

    I'm clearly the odd one out here, so take this review with a huge grain of salt (and be sure to read other reviews if you're considering this book). I never read The Sympathizer, so I'm not sure if I just don't click with this author's style, or if I just didn't click with this book. I...

    I would have liked a little more distance between reading both The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War in the fall before digging into these stories, but with a review copy, I don't always have a choice with expiration dates looming. There are some share...

    It can be difficult within the span of a short story to tell a complete story with fully formed characters but this collection of short stories does that, showcasing a series of snapshots of Vietnamese refugees who have settled in America. The stories concentrate on families, those tor...

    Now available! I highly recommend this book Such timely stories that are so very well written about Vietnamese refugees and their lives. A great reminder that this country was made of immigrants, refugees being the most vulnerable and impactful. It's so important for the country's f...

    d? vÓ nh?t nh?o b?t ng? =)) 2,5* ...

    3.5 Stars. These were interesting short stories. Every story was different but they all focused on family and relationships and they all revolved around people with roots in Vietnam/ties to Vietnam. I did enjoy reading these stories and I thought they were all done very well, even ...

    Based on the reviews, I'm in the minority for not loving this book. Many of my GR friends loved it, and we often like the same books, so maybe it's just me. I enjoyed the first story in this collection, but for the most part I didn't like the rest, and skimmed the last two. I felt a...

  • Elyse
    Oct 02, 2016

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

  • Trish
    Jan 10, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

  • Iris P
    Dec 22, 2016

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

  • Ellie
    Mar 02, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

  • Dianne
    Jul 16, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

  • Esil
    Dec 22, 2016

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    Apr 15, 2018

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

  • Liz
    Feb 02, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

  • Diane S Ôśö
    Dec 31, 2016

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

  • Emily May
    Nov 14, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

  • Angela M
    Jan 11, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

  • Larry H
    Feb 13, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Mar 22, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

  • Bam
    Feb 10, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

  • Sarah
    Mar 11, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

    I'm clearly the odd one out here, so take this review with a huge grain of salt (and be sure to read other reviews if you're considering this book). I never read The Sympathizer, so I'm not sure if I just don't click with this author's style, or if I just didn't click with this book. I...

    I would have liked a little more distance between reading both The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War in the fall before digging into these stories, but with a review copy, I don't always have a choice with expiration dates looming. There are some share...

    It can be difficult within the span of a short story to tell a complete story with fully formed characters but this collection of short stories does that, showcasing a series of snapshots of Vietnamese refugees who have settled in America. The stories concentrate on families, those tor...

    Now available! I highly recommend this book Such timely stories that are so very well written about Vietnamese refugees and their lives. A great reminder that this country was made of immigrants, refugees being the most vulnerable and impactful. It's so important for the country's f...

    d? vÓ nh?t nh?o b?t ng? =)) 2,5* ...

    3.5 Stars. These were interesting short stories. Every story was different but they all focused on family and relationships and they all revolved around people with roots in Vietnam/ties to Vietnam. I did enjoy reading these stories and I thought they were all done very well, even ...

  • Debbie
    Dec 23, 2016

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

  • Jennifer
    Jan 02, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

    I'm clearly the odd one out here, so take this review with a huge grain of salt (and be sure to read other reviews if you're considering this book). I never read The Sympathizer, so I'm not sure if I just don't click with this author's style, or if I just didn't click with this book. I...

  • Karen
    Jan 15, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

  • Lynne
    Jan 26, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

    I'm clearly the odd one out here, so take this review with a huge grain of salt (and be sure to read other reviews if you're considering this book). I never read The Sympathizer, so I'm not sure if I just don't click with this author's style, or if I just didn't click with this book. I...

    I would have liked a little more distance between reading both The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War in the fall before digging into these stories, but with a review copy, I don't always have a choice with expiration dates looming. There are some share...

    It can be difficult within the span of a short story to tell a complete story with fully formed characters but this collection of short stories does that, showcasing a series of snapshots of Vietnamese refugees who have settled in America. The stories concentrate on families, those tor...

    Now available! I highly recommend this book Such timely stories that are so very well written about Vietnamese refugees and their lives. A great reminder that this country was made of immigrants, refugees being the most vulnerable and impactful. It's so important for the country's f...

  • Carolyn
    Feb 04, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

    I'm clearly the odd one out here, so take this review with a huge grain of salt (and be sure to read other reviews if you're considering this book). I never read The Sympathizer, so I'm not sure if I just don't click with this author's style, or if I just didn't click with this book. I...

    I would have liked a little more distance between reading both The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War in the fall before digging into these stories, but with a review copy, I don't always have a choice with expiration dates looming. There are some share...

    It can be difficult within the span of a short story to tell a complete story with fully formed characters but this collection of short stories does that, showcasing a series of snapshots of Vietnamese refugees who have settled in America. The stories concentrate on families, those tor...

  • Nat
    Apr 21, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

  • Jen
    Apr 04, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

  • Glenn Sumi
    Apr 28, 2018

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

  • Bianca
    Jan 16, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

  • Marie
    Feb 08, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

  • Sam
    Feb 03, 2017

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

  • B├¬n Ph├şa Nh├á Z
    Jan 01, 2018

    I read a lot of books in 2017 about the refugee and/or immigrant experience - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Exit West, Pachinko, The Leavers - and none of them felt as dry as this book. To say this is supposed to be one of the best books of last year, I was disappointed....

    After a spate of so so books, The Refugees reminded me of what makes me love a work of fiction: excellent writing, creative story telling, and complex human emotions. The Refugees is a slim book of short stories, but it really hit the mark. For the most part, the common thread between ...

    In trying to express how I felt about Viet Thanh Nguyen's exquisite new story collection, The Refugees , I decided to turn to one of the foremost philosophers of our age, Keanu Reeves. The issue of immigration is definitely a hot button here in the United States right now, w...

    I love short stories. They seem to be incredibly difficult to write, to put everything in just a few pages and connect to the reader as well. Done well, I find them incredible and that was one of the first things I noticed when I started reading this collection, the writing is fantasti...

    I haven't read this author's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, so I was glad to have the opportunity to read this short volume of stories to get a feel for his writing and now I will for sure read it. The author immediately with captivating writing invites you to meet n...

    Poster-child short stories! 4.8 stars You?ll hear lots of reviewers gushing about this collection of stories. Believe them. In fact, I won?t start slinging around glowing adjectives myself because there?s a traffic jam?there are so many ohs and ahs on the road, I don?t ...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Following up his 2015 novel, The Sympathizer which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen has gathered together a collection of his short stories for The Refugees. Nguyen quotes from two sources in his Preface, Roberto Bolano?s introduc...

    My first foray into the short story land and it was quite captivating right from the start when the writer meets his ghost brother. This is a story of refugees. Their ghosts who have been kept alive until their stories have been told. Their struggles coming to America and the challen...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". Viet says: "I wrote this book for ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time". This quote makes more sense the...

    I really enjoyed this book of short stories about Vietnamese refugees and their lives here in America, and some parts taking place in Vietnam. This was both dark, and sometimes funny, and all of them about love and family. My favorite was "I'd love you to want me", but they were ...

    This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stories and novels in English in the American tradition but from traditionally silent participants in our nation?s pageant: immigrants and ...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection The Refugees is very strong, smart, and affecting, centered on the Vietnamese experience but shifting between characters and perspectives to interact with the nation's history, people, and culture in fresh and surprising ways: a Vietnamese man...

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's 8-story collection in The Refugees focuses on Vietnamese refugees in complex, interesting and sometimes surprising ways. What's clear is that the immigrant experience is as unique as each individual. As characters move between families, cultures and identities, the ...

    The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Author ???? 4 Stars I received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! *********************************************** "You have to understand, no one p...

    Confession: my knowledge of the Vietnam war is somewhat muddy and confused, most of it sourced from American movies, and a few Australian ones, and we all know how one sided they are. The Refugees is a collection of eight short stories made cohesive by the fact the protagonists in a...

    ?A short story, she thought, would be just long enough.? After seeing the author's name almost daily on my copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - which heáblurbed - I finally decided to give his writing a go with this collection of short stories. From a young Vietnamese r...

    Impressive collection of short stories focused on Vietnamese refugees and their experiences. Very well written and all of the stories are very different from each other, which made it even more interesting. I appreciated this collection and enjoyed reading the stories but it didn't rea...

    I have yet to read Viet Thanh Nguyen?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, but after this solid collection of stories, I?m looking forward to it. With the European refugee/migrant crisis raging and the Trump administration tightening admissions of refugees to the U.S...

    ?I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they are outside of time, are the only one with time.? ? prologue What a timely book! With the public debate about immigration in the forefront of everyone?s mind, with the executive and judicial branches of government battling...

    The Refugees is by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, a book that won many awards. This collection is a very fine group of short stories, which are tender and moving. In the first story, a woman who is a ghost writer for other authors is haunted by her own ghost-her dead bro...

    I am not a fan of short stories. About the time I get invested in the characters the story ends. And it's so hard for much to happen in such a short number of pages. Like looking at a photo instead of a video. That said, I had enjoyed The Sympathizer and jumped at a chance to get an ...

    The characters in Nguyen?s semi-autobiographical short story collection are torn between Vietnam and America. The trauma of history and the uncertainty of their Asian-American identity continue to have effects even decades later. Escape from Vietnam, sometimes by boat, is a distant m...

    I was very fortunate to win a copy of Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut, Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Sympathizer last year and was quite impressed and so looked forward to reading his second book, a collection of eight short stories, with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It tak...

    I'm clearly the odd one out here, so take this review with a huge grain of salt (and be sure to read other reviews if you're considering this book). I never read The Sympathizer, so I'm not sure if I just don't click with this author's style, or if I just didn't click with this book. I...

    I would have liked a little more distance between reading both The Sympathizer and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War in the fall before digging into these stories, but with a review copy, I don't always have a choice with expiration dates looming. There are some share...

    It can be difficult within the span of a short story to tell a complete story with fully formed characters but this collection of short stories does that, showcasing a series of snapshots of Vietnamese refugees who have settled in America. The stories concentrate on families, those tor...

    Now available! I highly recommend this book Such timely stories that are so very well written about Vietnamese refugees and their lives. A great reminder that this country was made of immigrants, refugees being the most vulnerable and impactful. It's so important for the country's f...

    d? vÓ nh?t nh?o b?t ng? =)) 2,5* ...