Here is another wonderful book by Kim Thuy! She is become one of the most cherished writers I have ever read! And she is from Montreal, where I was born and raised.
Vi is a role model for all teen girls and women. She is the youngest of four children and the only girl. Here name, Vi, means precious, tiny one. She was destined to be cosseted and protected. he was her family’s little treasure.
Vi is the daughter of an enterprising mother and a wealthy, spoiled father who never had to grow up. He lived through the Vietnam War. It destroyed the life they’ve known. Vi, along with her mother and brothers managed to escape. But her father stays behind, leaving a painful void as the rest of the family must make a new life for themselves in Canada.
While her family puts down their roots in Canada, Vi has different life plans. As a young woman, she finds the world opening up to her. Taken under the wing of Ha, a worldly friend, and Ha’s diplomat lover, Vi tests personal boundaries and crosses international ones, letting the winds of life buffet her.
From Saigon to Montreal, from Suzhou to Boston to the fall of the Berlin Wall, she is witness to the immensity of the world, the intricate fabric of humanity, the complexity of love, and the infinite possibilities before her. She is always the quiet observer. Somehow Vi must find a way to finally take her place in the world.
This is a coming of age story like no other. I just loved every part of this story, and will recommend it to everyone I meet, especially young girls and women who feel lost and hopeless. Vi is SO full of hope it is palpable through the pages of the book.