The Reeducation of Cherry Truong
By Aimee Phan
Picador USA, Paperback, 9781250024022, 354pp.
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
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""The Reeducation of Cherry Truong" transcends ethnicity and culture and dives headlong into the plight of being human .Aimee Phan's prose is beautifully intricate yet powerful in what it reveals and exposes."---Jennie Shortridge, author of "Eating Heaven"
Cherry Truong's parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, twenty-one-year-old Cherry travels to her family's native country and finds herself on a journey to uncover decades-old secrets---hidden loves, desperate choices, and lives ripped apart by the march of war and the currents of history.
"The Reeducation of Cherry Truong" is the sweeping story of two spirited and unforgettable families---the Truongs and the Vos---and their yearning for reconciliation, redemption, and a place to call home.
"Aimee Phan is a keen observer and a beautiful writer."---Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants"Phan’s sensitively rendered novel serves up a fierce tale….She explores themes of identity, love, and redemption with a nuanced grace."---Audrey magazine
"A story of loyalties, histories, and identities…Through Cherry’s eyes, the complex country of Vietnam is lovingly explored in immense, realistic detail. Readers of Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen will enjoy Phan’s sensitive, lush prose and recognize similar questions of identity."---Booklist "A reader’s dream---a fully fleshed-out family drama full of complex characters and enough old grudges for a host of mafiosi. No one is spared Phan’s eagle-eyed vision….A truly unique coming-of-age story."---Rebecca Johns, author of The Countess