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THE REEDUCATION OF CHERRY TRUONG

“The Reeducation of Cherry Truong explores the intersection of history and human hearts. With tenderness and wisdom, this intricately woven tale presents a world both mysterious and familiar to readers. Aimee Phan is a keen observer and a beautiful writer.”
– Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants

“The Reeducation of Cherry Truong is a powerful debut novel about reverse migration, the new American immigrant story. Cherry Truong’s attempt to reconnect to her mother’s reaches around the world, from America to Vietnam to France, and reinvents what she knows of her family’s history and her world. And with this novel, Aimee Phan reinvents what we know of ours at the same time.”
– Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh: A Novel

“When Cherry Truong asks for a trip to Vietnam, she expects a certain amount of resistance from her family. Ever since her older brother was exiled to live in Vietnam with distant relatives years ago, Cherry has been well aware that her immediate family’s opinion of the “home country” is not sweetly nostalgic. Dismissing their reservations, Cherry decides to make the trip. After meeting her brother’s fiancée, touring his new job site, and learning about the culture that her family has chosen to forget, Cherry’s original mission—to bring her brother back to the U.S.—becomes entirely unclear. A story of loyalties, histories, and identities, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong explores multiple generations of the Truong and Vos families. Touching on the events of the Vietnam War, cultural assimilation, reconciliation, forgiveness, and redemption, Phan crafts an epic tale. Through Cherry’s eyes, the complex country of Vietnam is lovingly explored in immense, realistic detail. Readers of Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen will enjoy Phan’s sensitive, lush prose and recognize similar questions of identity.” — Booklist

“Phan’s follow-up to her debut, We Should Never Meet—a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book in 2005—is a touching relational and multigenerational family story between the Truongs and the Vos, with model student and granddaughter Cherry and her not so exemplary older brother, Lum, at the center. Set in 2002, the story discloses family secrets as Phan moves between present and past to chronicle each family’s emigration from Vietnam to either Orange County, CA, or Paris, France. Within each family, the stories are further broken down as the ties among mothers, daughters, sons, husbands, wives, and cousins are unraveled. By not shying away from issues such as infidelity, gambling addiction, and racism in describing the various hardships experienced by her characters, Phan makes this a strong and realistic work. Phan’s intricate storytelling recalls Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club in her ability to bind the family histories together but without the mystical spirituality that marks Tan’s writing. Readers familiar with the work of Bich Minh Nguyen (Short Girls) should also enjoy this freshly presented story of the Vietnamese American experience.” —Library Journal