The Reeducation of Cherry Truong

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong

Book - 2012
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When her brother is exiled to live with distant relatives in Vietnam, a young woman journeys to her family's homeland to bring him back and uncovers mysteries about secret loves, desperate choices, and the human consequences of war.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312322687
Branch Call Number: PHA
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 22 cm


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Lauraparr Apr 13, 2014

A really nice story about survival and having to relocate and adapt. The differences in generations and personalities are very well captured. Even though I was a little confused at times by the number of characters, it was a very interesting and complex story.

Sep 21, 2013

The large Vietnamese presence in Seattle can seem mysterious to outsiders. This novel offers some enlightenment. The first 20 pages come off as a fluffy story of a spoiled California Vietnamese-American girl, but then it turns into an intense and at times breathtaking depiction of family relationships in a traditional society, displayed against the changing backgrounds of different generations, countries, during war and peace. There is a mystery to unwind here, and because the story unfolds by jumping to different time periods in the lives of the interconnected families--with characters’ names that can be difficult for a Westerner to sort out-- this book can require some work on the part of the reader. I for one found it paid off. There are scenes between husbands and wives, particularly the paternal grandparents, worthy of Tolstoy. All in all, a winner.

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