Why this book?
Nguyễn is a gorgeous writer who keeps the reader at the edge of their seat with every word she writes. This historical fiction throws you into the Vietnam War and shows you an angle that is rarely seen by the west: that of the Vietnamese people. Nguyễn shows us the cost of human lives through the eyes of ordinary people while introducing us to a beautiful, resilient culture. While the reader sees a lot of tragedy, the way this story is woven is captivating and enlightening. I love this book.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Viet 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 Nguyen Phan Que Mai's first novel in English.