The Gangster We Are All Looking For
The Gangster We Are All Looking For
Thi Diem Thuy Le

Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books

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.

Title The Gangster We Are All Looking For
Author Thi Diem Thuy Le
Publisher Anchor
Title First Published 11 May 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 176 p.
ISBN-10 0375700021
ISBN-13 9780375700026
Publication Date 11 May 2004
Main content page count 176
Weight 16 oz.

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