The Beauty of Humanity Movement (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143120605, 310pp.
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
April 2011 Indie Next List
— Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
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Raised in the United States but Vietnamese by birth, Maggie has come to Hanoi seeking clues to the fate of her father, a dissident artist who disappeared during the war. Her search brings her to Old Man Hu'ng's pho stall. The old man once had a shop frequented by revolutionary artists, but now Tu', a hustling young entrepreneur, is his most faithful customer. Maggie, Hu'ng, and Tu' come together during a highly charged season that will mark them forever. Exploring the indelible legacies of war and art, as well as love's power to renew, The Beauty of Humanity Movement is a stellar achievement by a globally renowned literary light.