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About the Author
Kim Thúy was born in Saigon and arrived in Canada at age ten in 1978. She has degrees from the University of Montreal in linguistics and translation and in law, and has been appointed a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. In 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University, for giving eloquent voice to the refugee experience, and the Medal of Honour of the National Assembly of Québec.Sheila Fischman is a two-time winner of both the Canada Council Prize for Translation and Columbia University's Felix-Antoine Savard Award, and has also received the Governor General's Award for Translation and the Molson Prize for the Arts.
"Kim Thuy's writing flows like poetry - it transports and appeases. It is powerful and evocative. This first novel provides a rare feeling of bliss." - Le Figaro
"An exemplary autobiographical novel...The major events in the fall of Vietnam are painted in delicate strokes, through the daily existence of a woman who has to reinvent herself elsewhere. A tragic journey described in a keen, sensitive and perfectly understated voice." - Governor General's Literary Award jury citation
"Kim Thuy describes her journey...employing scattered memories as they flow from the conscience... rich in sense and imagery.. The title, Ru, which means "stream" in French... sets the tone of this delicate novel, where the past and present mingle, reconstructing the course of a singular life." - Le Monde