Short Girls

Short Girls

A Novel

Book - 2009
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"Van and Linny Luong are temperamental opposites. Diligent, unassuming Van has found her calling as an immigration lawyer in the midwestern suburbs, but no one knows that her picture-perfect marriage has suddenly evaporated. Her younger sister, Linny, fashion-forward and socially adept, lives in Chicago where she has drifted into a dead-end affair with a married man. Though both women feel untethered and burdened by a secret, they've never been able to confide in each other." "But then, after nearly thirty years in the U.S., their eccentric, invention-obsessed father decides to take the citizenship oath - a rite of passage he hopes will improve the prospects of his most prized creation, the "Luong Arm," an instrument to help short people grasp objects that are out of reach. When Van and Linny reluctantly heed the summons home they end up having to plan a celebration for him, replete with cha gio egg rolls and encounters with old friends from years past. In the time warp of a childhood home unaltered since their mother's death and insulated by the same Vietnamese American community they grew up with, Van and Linny find they are bound by much more than the duties of culture and family history, or their aging father's demands and whims. As they chart the uncertainty that has defined them, as well as the bitter irony of their romantic straits, Van and Linny discover in their common cause a new, enduring connection that sees them through the host of surprises to come." Bich Minh Nguyen was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "a writer to watch, a tremendous talent" for her debut memoir, Stealing Buddha's Dinner, and her charm and shrewd powers of observation are on brilliant display inthis first novel. By turns deeply moving, wickedly urbane, and utterly entertaining, Short Girls chronicles the pitfalls and triumphs that govern all family lives. Nguyen's insights into the complexities of duty, culture, and ambition often shared by the children of immigrants make Van and Linny's story fresh and unforgettable - a true American tale for our time.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670020812
0670020818
Call Number: NGUYEN
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Vietnamese American women -- Fiction.
Vietnamese Americans -- Fiction.

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Martin99
Aug 06, 2013

it is interested about immigrating family especially from Vietnam. There are many problems and struggles being asian american with many generation in America. It is a sad story but it describles how Vietnamese people cultures and how you are being treat if you are daughter and not son. Male was still controlling and the nominating in the family.

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pdxbooklover
Sep 18, 2012

Reminiscence of The Joy Luck Club but from a Vietnamese refugee POV. It is the story of Asian immigrant daughters struggling to meet the expectations within the culture of their parents and the culture of the country in which they have grown up and gone to school. As the parents adapted in two different ways to America, so have the two daughters. I really enjoyed it.

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