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The Boat by Nam Le
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Mar 20, 10

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Read from March 11 to 19, 2010

I just picked up this book from the "New Books" shelf at the library on a whim and I was blown away. This is a first book by Nam Le and it is short stories. But they are a collection of unique stories, each with their own tempo and heartbeat. The writing is lyrical and descriptive, taking time to slowly allow the reader a view into the background of each character.

We've all heard the advice to write about what you know. So I think what was most amazing to me was the diversity of the stories. Le shows great talent in weaving charactors as diverse as a fourteen year old Colombian hit man living life on the edge; an elderly artist in New York struggling to renew a connection with his daughter; and a teenage boy in a small Australian fishing town dealing with his mother's illness. Like bookends, his two stories, one being the first and the other the last, about Vietnamese experiences were by far the most poinant and heartbreaking of the anthologies.

I can't wait for Nam Le's first novel.
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