praise for


“Luminously written.”
— The Oregonian

“In gorgeously liquid prose, Phan gives us deep insight into contemporary Vietnamese-American life.
Splendid and passionate.”
— Chris Offutt, author of No Heroes

“Phan gives voice to the voiceless and makes them speak for us all.”
— Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and Hell

“Remarkably original and impressive. Phan takes her place among the very best of the new wave of
Asian American authors.”
— David Wong Louie, author of The Barbarians Are Coming

“Phan charts [her characters’] difficult journeys with acuity and sensitivity, and a wisdom that is
remarkable for such a young writer.
— Los Angeles Times

“Extraordinary . . . Creates with eloquent dignity an intricate bridge of human stories connecting
America and Vietnam.”
— Lan Samantha Chang, author of Inheritance

”[A] remarkable collection…The stories are indelible yet float past you.
— San Francisco Chronicle

“An unsentimental, profoundly persuasive portrait of ordinary people making the best of
extraordinary, almost inexpressible tragedy.”
— Elle