Thanhha Lai





Thanhha Lai

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Thanhha Lai was born in Vietnam. At the end of the war, she fled with her family to Alabama. There, she learned English from fourth graders. She then spent the next decade correcting her grammar. Starting her writing life as journalist, she worked at The Orange County Register. She switched to fiction, leading to an MFA from New York University and short story publications in various journals and anthologies. Lai lives with her husband, daughter and a little white dog in New York City.


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“Oh, my daughter,
at times you have to fight,
but preferably
not with your fists.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again

“Would be simpler
if English
and life
were logical”
Thanhha Lai

“This year I hope
I truly learn
to fly-kick
not to kick anyone
so much as
to fly.”
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again

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