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The Mountains Sing

Author: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai Genre: Fiction Publisher: Algonquin Books Release Year: 2020 Length: 352 pages / 10h 44m (audiobook)

With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English.

The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling.

Viet Thanh Nguyen | author of The Sympathizer, Pulitzer Prize winner

[An] absorbing, stirring novel . . . that, in more than one sense, remedies history.

The New York Times Book Review


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