We're Safe When We're Alone

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$14.95  $13.90
Coffee House Press
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4.5 X 6.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.31 pounds

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About the Author

Nghiem Tran was born in Vietnam and raised in Kansas. He is a Kundiman Fellow, and he has received degrees from Vassar College and Syracuse University. We're Safe When We're Alone is his first book.


Praise for We're Safe When We're Alone

NPR, "2023 Best Books (Books We Love)"

"This hypnotic and richly allusive novella can be read as a concentric poem that hints at both hope and inevitable endings." -Thúuacute;y Ðinh, NPR

"Sentences function like arrows that land in the reader's brain or stomach or heart, leaving the reader with piercing insights that reverberate long after the book ends." --Melissa Reddish, Necessary Fiction

"Haunting, mournful, and thought-provoking. Tran's debut novella expresses the anxieties and fears that come with love, trust, loss, and the unknown." --Sammy Loree, Chicago Review of Books

"A spare and haunted tale of loneliness in a surreal world." --Kirkus

"Tran flips ghost story conventions upside down." --David Lewis, Barrelhouse

"Nghiem Tran's first novella is a marvel: a moving, lyrical piece of prose that happens to be an unputdownable page-turner. He has created a magical world--in the mode of Gabriel Garcíiacute;a Máaacute;rquez or Maxine Hong Kingston--that's astonishingly real. Read it and feel yourself transformed, maybe even saved." --Mary Karr

"The exquisite We're Safe When We're Alone is a haunting and mesmerizing debut. Part parable, part fairy tale, and part nightmare, it all seems distilled out of the deepest longing. Nghiem Tran is a powerful new voice." --Dana Spiotta