Ru

Kim Thuy

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Published: 24-05-2012

£8.99

Ru: In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow – of tears, blood, and money. This book presents a lullaby of Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland.


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SKU: 9781846685484

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Ru: In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow – of tears, blood, money. Kim Thuy’s Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy’s autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.

Additional information

Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 10 × 130 × 200 mm
Page Count 160