A mesmerizing novel about estranged sisters and the cultural and family history that binds them.
Van and Linny Luong are as baffling to each other as their parents’ Vietnamese legacy is to them both. Van, the quintessential overachiever, has applied the same studied diligence to her law career and marriage—a beau idéal that vaporized when Mr. Right walked out. Linny—pretty, fashionable, untethered—is grasping for purpose when her affair with a married man takes a humiliating turn. Each is the last person her sister would call, but when Mr. Luong summons them home for his American citizenship party, Van and Linny find themselves communing about their past—their late mother, their father’s obsession with his Luong Arm invention, even the irony of their romantic straits. As these unlikely confidantes chart the uncertainty that defines them, they forge a tentative new relationship and the wherewithal to overcome disappointment.
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a writer to watch, a tremendous talent,” Nguyen recasts her gifts marvelously in this first novel, infusing it with humor, compassion, and insight into siblings, aging parents, and the desires and ambitions that drive us.
Reason: I have two sisters. I live with the younger and my older is off in California with her family. I know how easy it is to grow apart from one another. I don't speak to my older sister and I think if given the chance my younger one would lose touch too. If it does happen I hope the separations don't last too long. I'd really hate to lose them both. I'm definitely thinking I'm going to enjoy this book!
Cover Discussion: How cute is the cover!? I absolutely love the little colored additions to the words of the title.
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