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The reeducation of Cherry Truong

by Phan, Aimee.

Format: Print Book 2012
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Cherry Truong's parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, twenty-one-year-old Cherry travels to their homeland and finds herself on a journey to uncover her family's decades-old secrets--hidden loves, desperate choices, and lives ripped apart by the march of war and currents of history.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the story of two fierce and unforgettable families, the Truongs and the Vos: their harrowing escape from Vietnam after the war, the betrayal that divided them, and the stubborn memories that continue to bind them years later, even as they come to terms with their hidden sacrifices and bitter mistakes. Kim-Ly, Cherry's grandmother, once wealthy and powerful in Vietnam, now struggles to survive in Little Saigon, California without English or a driver's license. Cherry's other grandmother Hoa, whose domineering husband has developed dementia, discovers a cache of letters from a woman she thought had been left behind. As Cherry pieces their stories together, she uncovers the burden of her family's love and the consequences of their choices.

Set in Vietnam, France, and the United States, Aimee Phan's sweeping debut novel reveals a family still yearning for reconciliation, redemption, and a place to call home.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Cherry Truong asks for a trip to Vietnam, she expects a certain amount of resistance from her family. Ever since her older brother was exiled to live in Vietnam with distant relatives years ago, Cherry has been well aware that her immediate family's opinion of the home country is not sweetly nostalgic. Dismissing their reservations, Cherry decides to make the trip. After meeting her brother's fiancee, touring his new job site, and learning about the culture that her family has chosen to forget, Cherry's original mission to bring her brother back to the U.S. becomes entirely unclear. A story of loyalties, histories, and identities, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong explores multiple generations of the Truong and Vos families. Touching on the events of the Vietnam War, cultural assimilation, reconciliation, forgiveness, and redemption, Phan crafts an epic tale. Through Cherry's eyes, the complex country of Vietnam is lovingly explored in immense, realistic detail. Readers of Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen will enjoy Phan's sensitive, lush prose and recognize similar questions of identity.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her debut novel, Phan traces the difficulties of forming identity and preserving family for Vietnamese refugees on two continents. When Sanh Truong unexpectedly marries Tuyet Vos, neither family is pleased. And Sanh's parents are further disappointed when Sanh goes with his wife and her family to America after the Vietnam War ends, rather than to Paris with them. Both families encounter difficulties as they try to integrate into their new societies. The Vos family finds commonality but also corruption in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Orange County, Calif., while the Truongs-whose Catholic faith provides a ready-made community in Paris-come to realize the limits of their French hosts' hospitality. Sanh and Tuyet's daughter, Cherry, born in the U.S. and coming of age in the late 20th century, is the only one with the potential to develop clarity about both her generation's struggles and her grandparents' failings. Told from the point of view of half a dozen characters from three generations, carefully crafted chapters read-with varying degrees of success-like short stories. "People don't realize how long it takes to heal," Phan writes. Stretching from 1979 to 2002, this deliberately paced novel demonstrates, through more than two decades of the Vietnamese immigrant experience, how true that is. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, WME Entertainment. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Vietnamese Americans -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Fiction.
Extended families -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Orange County (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Vietnam -- Fiction.
Paris (France) -- Fiction.
Malaysia -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 354 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780312322687 (hardcover)
0312322682 (hardcover)
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