The Mountains Sing

Mai Phan Que Nguyen

The Mountains Sing
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The Mountains Sing

Mai Phan Que Nguyen

The International Bestseller New York Times Editors' Choice SelectionWinner of the 2020 Lannan Literary Awards Fellowship [An] absorbing, stirring novel … that, in more than one sense, remedies history. –The New York Times Book Review A triumph, a novelistic rendition of one of the most difficult times in Vietnamese history … Vast in scope and intimate in its telling … Moving and riveting. –VIET THANH NGUYEN, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Viet Nam War. Tran Dieu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Ha Noi, her young granddaughter, Huong, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore apart not just her beloved country, but also her family. Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Viet Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s first novel in English.

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