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About the Author
Vu Tran was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and raised in Oklahoma. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his short stories have appeared in many publications, including The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Mystery Stories. He teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. For more information, please go to VuTranWriter.com.
Everything is perfect there, those quiet little garnishes of idiosyncratic detail are gifts, both amusing and full of character. Tran's novel is filled with this sort of inspired meticulousness, and reading it is to enter its world.
Well-handled and tautly told...[A] strong first novel for its risk taking, for its collapsing of genre, for its elegant language and its mediation of a history that is integral to post-1960s American identity yet often ignored.--Chris Abani
Heartbreaking and haunting.
Transfixing...Like such writers as Caryl Phillips, Dinaw Mengestu and Edwidge Danticat, [Tran] is devoted to capturing the immigrant experience and widening everyone's understanding of its particular as well as universal truths.--Lloyd Sachs
A superb debut novel...that takes the noir basics and infuses them with the bitters of loss and isolation peculiar to the refugee and immigrant tale.--Maureen Corrigan
Absolutely gripping. Vu Tran has written a terrific--and deceptively weird--novel that manages to make Vietnam and Las Vegas feel like old, familiar friends. Don't call him a writer to watch. Call him a writer to read.--Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things