Ru

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Author(s): Kim Thuy
Original Publish Date: Nov 27, 2012
Product Number: EB00636745
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781608199181
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Description

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for FictionWinner of 2015 Canada Reads PrizeWinner of Grand Prix littEraire ArchambaultFinalist for the 2012 Soctiabank Giller PrizeFinalist for the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature Longlisted for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize.At ten years old, Kim ThUy fled Vietnam on a boat with her family, leaving behind a grand house and the many less tangible riches of their home country: the ponds of lotus blossoms, the songs of soup-vendors. The family arrived in Quebec, where they found clothes at the flea market, and mattresses with actual fleas. Kim learned French and English, and as she grew older, seized what opportunities an immigrant could; she put herself through school picking vegetables and sewing clothes, worked as a lawyer and interpreter, and later as a restaurateur. She was married and a mother when the urge to write struck her, and she found herself scribbling words at every opportunity - pulling out her notebook at stoplights and missing the change to green. The story emerging was one of a Vietnamese EmigrE on a boat to an unknown future: her own story fictionalized and crafted into a stunning novel.The novel's title, Ru, has meaning in both Kim's native and adoptive languages: in Vietnamese, ru is a lullaby; in French, a stream. And it provides the perfect name for this slim yet potent novel. With prose that soothes and sings, Ru weaves through time, flows and transports: a river of sensuous memories gathering power. It's a classic immigrant story told in a breathtaking new way.

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