Ru

byKim ThúyTranslated bySheila Fischman

March 25, 2015|
Ru by Kim Thúy
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Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow--of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy's autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.

Title:Ru
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:160 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 0.46 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 0.46 in
Published:March 25, 2015
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780345816146

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