Em

byKim ThúyTranslated bySheila Fischman

September 28, 2021|
Em by Kim Thúy
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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
 
Kim Thúy''s Em is a virtuosic novel of profound power and sen­sitivity, and an enduring affirmation of the greatest act of resistance: love.


In the midst of war, an ordinary miracle: an abandoned baby tenderly cared for by a young boy living on the streets of Saigon. The boy is Louis, the child of a long-gone American soldier. Louis calls the baby em Hồng, em meaning "little sister," or "beloved." Even though her cradle is nothing more than a cardboard box, em Hồng''s life holds every possibility.

Through the linked destinies of a family of characters, the novel takes its inspiration from historical events, including Operation Babylift, which evacuated thousands of biracial orphans from Saigon in April 1975, and the remarkable growth of the nail salon industry, dominated by Vietnamese expatriates all over the world. From the rubber plantations of Indochina to the massacre at My Lai, Kim Thúy sifts through the layers of pain and trauma in stories we thought we knew, revealing transcendent moments of grace, and the invincibility of the human spirit.
 
Born in Saigon in 1968, KIM THÚY left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of ten and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner, media personality and television host. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing. Ki...
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Title:Em
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:160 pages, 9.27 X 5.82 X 0.66 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 9.27 X 5.82 X 0.66 in
Published:September 28, 2021
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781039000834

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