The Gangster We Are All Looking for

The Gangster We Are All Looking for

Description

This acclaimed novel reveals the life of a Vietnamese family in America through the knowing eyes of a child finding her place and voice in a new country. In 1978 six refugees--a girl, her father, and four "uncles"--are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. In the child's imagination, the world is transmuted into an unearthly realm: she sees everything intensely, hears the distress calls of inanimate objects, and waits for her mother to join her. But life loses none of its strangeness when the family is reunited. As the girl grows, her matter-of-fact innocence eddies increasingly around opaque and ghostly traumas: the cataclysm that engulfed her homeland, the memory of a brother who drowned and, most inescapable, her father's hopeless rage.


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Details

Author(s)
Thi Diem Thuy Le
Format
Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions
133 x 210 x 19mm | 191g
Publication date
11 May 2004
Publisher
Anchor Books
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, Australia
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0375700021
ISBN13
9780375700026
Bestsellers rank
407,561