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Spring 2020 Spotlight

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The Mountains Sing

Author: Read by: Quyen Ngo Genre: Fiction Publisher: Algonquin Books Release Year: 2020 Length: 352 pages / 10h 44m

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

Meet the Author

An Evening in Conversation with Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful author Stephanie Wittels Wachs met hoopla Book Club readers at the Pearland Library of the Brazoria County Library System, located in Texas. Check out the video of this event to enjoy a discussion on hoopla's Fall 2018 Book Club Spotlight title.

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