Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

BookCon 2018: Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Work of Empathy

Hannah Kushnick of Publisher’s Weekly features The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives for BookCon 2018. The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, a startling anthology of essays by various authors, was the brainchild of Abrams executive editor Jamison Stoltz. He was, according to the anthology’s editor, Viet Thanh Nguyen, “moved by the protests against the […]

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 The Sympathizer is a pressure cooker of unease, simmering with unresolved issues of memory and identity for the Vietnamese whose lives were disrupted by the “American War.” In “Black-Eyed Woman,” a […]

Publishers Weekly on Nothing Ever Dies

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War is reviewed by Publishers Weekly. Vietnam-born, American-raised Nguyen (The Sympathizer), an associate professor of English and American Studies at the University of Southern California, sifts through the many guises of memory and identity in this eloquent, scholarly narrative of the Vietnam War’s psychological impact on combatants […]

The Sympathizer Makes it to Publishers Weekly’s Best Fiction of 2015

The Sympathizer Makes it to Publishers Weekly’s Best Fiction of 2015 Publishers Weekly says that “Putting together our Best Books of 2015 list was a challenge because there are so many great books to recognize—but we’re confident you’ll find in our 150 books a staggering selection of variety, depth, and nuance.” This year, The Sympathizer was […]

Publishers Weekly: Starred Review for The Sympathizer

This astonishing first novel has at its core a lively, wry first-person narrator called the Captain, and his two school friends Bon and Man, as they navigate the fall of Saigon and the establishment of the Communist regime in Vietnam in 1975. The Captain is a half-Vietnamese double agent; he reports to his Communist minder […]