Reviews

8Books Reviews The Refugees

Lily Wong of 8Asians reviews The Refugees. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s newest book, The Refugees, is a luminous collection of eight short stories that takes piercingly intimate looks at the lives of refugees, of those caught between worlds, of those caught in a moment. The Pulitzer Prize winning author’s recent books included The Sympathizer, a wry novel about… (read more)


Necessary Fiction: The Refugees

Necessary Fiction‘s Emily Hoover reviews The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s newest short story collection. About his 1980 novel Antwerp, Chilean author Roberto Bolaño once…(read more)

The One Book You Need To Read To Understand The Plight Of Refugees

Claire Fallon reviews The Refugees for The Huffington Post’s ‘The Bottom Line’. In nine psychologically evocative short stories, Viet Thanh Nguyen lays bare the…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees: Restrained Cast of Displaced People

James Grainger of the Toronto Star reviews The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection. In follow-up to award-winning debut The Sympathizer, Nguyen instinctively…(read more)

Reading a Pulitzer Winner’s Stories About Refugees as Particularly Piquant in the Trump Era

Anu Kumar of Scroll.in reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection, The Refugees. A meme bearing a much-cited Naguib Mahfouz quote has been doing…(read more)

The Saturday Paper: The Refugees

CR of Australia’s Saturday Paper reviews The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection. In this sophisticated collection by Vietnamese-American Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose…(read more)

The Refugees Review: Insight Into Belonging Without Losing Identity

Eileen Battersby of the Irish Times reviews The Refugees. A Vietnamese woman living again with her now widowed mother recalls the terror of being…(read more)

Vietnam War Revisited by Author Viet Thanh Nguyen

Peter Pierce reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s three latest works, Nothing Ever Dies, The Sympathizer, and The Refugees, for The Australian. Last year, not long…(read more)

Star Tribune: The Refugees

Tom Zelman reviews The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Uprooted populations, filling enclaves in First World cities or subsisting…(read more)

Post-War Americans

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new collection of short stories, The Refugees, paints subtle portraits of the many shades of ‘refugee’. The following review by Jason…(read more)

The Refugees: Rough Crossings

A collection of short stories delicately captures the traumas and triumphs of the migrant experience. The following review by Fatima Bhutto originally appeared in…(read more)

SF Chronicle Reviews The Refugees

Rayyan Al-Shawaf of the San Francisco Chronicle reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new short story collection, The Refugees. If you’re still unconvinced that “nothing ever…(read more)

Monocle Arts Review: The Refugees

John Mitchinson and Matt Alagiah discuss Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story collection, The Refugees, along with new releases from Clover Stroud and Jacob Polley…(read more)

Publishers Weekly Gives The Refugees Starred Review

Nat Sobel of Publishers Weekly reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new short story collection, The Refugees. Each searing tale in Nguyen’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-winning…(read more)

The New Yorker: Refugees in America

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Viet Thanh Nguyen tells stories about people poised between their devastated homeland and their affluent adopted country. The following review was…(read more)

Amid Era of Trumpism, Immigrant Tales of People not Politics

Anthony Domestico, a correspondent of the Boston Globe, reviews The Refugees. We’re in a moment of political turmoil. Whatever Trumpism is, it has tapped…(read more)