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TigerFish by Hoang Chi Truong
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it was amazing

Many parts of the world are suffering a refugee crisis as we speak and it is easy to forget that waves of forced emigration have been happening for years and event centuries, most predominantly in times of war.

In her remarkable debut novel, Tigerfish, HoangChi Smith (nee Truong) reminds of us of the struggles faced by Southern Vietnamese families who were forced to flee death or imprisonment after the fall of Saigon, as the Vietnam war came to a close in 1975.

Her memoir, written for her daughter, is a fascinating tale of what is was like for Truong and her large family, to adjust from their privileged life in their home country, to refugee status in America, starting all over again. The story of the family’s assimilation, told through the innocent eyes of young ‘Chi’ is an endearing one. Beautifully and honestly written, it will no doubt resonate with many who have faced similar circumstances, out of their control, and survived to share their experiences with younger generations.
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