Lê Thi Diem Thúy

Lê Thi Diem Thúy

in Phan Thiet, Viet Nam
January 01, 1972


Lê Thi Diem Thúy left Vietnam on a boat with her father in 1978 and grew up in San Diego, California. In 1990, she moved to Massachusetts and enrolled in Hampshire College. After graduating in 1993, Thúy traveled to Paris to research French colonial picture postcards made in the early 1900's.

Today, she is an author and performance artist based in Northampton. She recently finished a one-year Radcliffe fellowship and has been on the road performing her one-woman show "Red Fiery Summer."
She is currently working on a new novel entitled The Bodies Between Us.

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“When I grow up I am going to be the gangster we are all looking for.”
Lê Thi Diem Thúy, The Gangster We Are All Looking For

“If one morning in the Spring, a stranger came and said to me, Your mother, father, brother, sister, uncle, lover, friend, is dead. From a b-52, napalm bombing, search and destroy mission, air attack, Tet offensive, My Lai massacre, failed escape, I would not scream but make of my body a net, a tarp, stretched taut across the sky, the sea, over every village and hamlet. Prepared to catch everything from the sky, shade everything on the ground, rain water and receive you, war, with arms outstretched.”
Lê Thi Diem Thúy

“I don't know how time moves or which of our sorrows or our desires it is able to wash away.”
Lê Thi Diem Thúy, The Gangster We Are All Looking For

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