Winner of an English PEN Award

a virtuosic stream-of-consciousness mapping of the afterlives of diaspora

The New Yorker

June 2022 || Tilted Axis Press || New Directions

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Chinatown is a fever dream, a hallucination, a loop in time and life that Thuân masterfully deploys to capture the disorienting and debilitating effects of migration, racism, and a broken heart in both Vietnam and France. I was completely immersed in this spellbinding novel.”

— Viet Thanh Nguyen

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  • 20-23 October 2022: Asian Literature Festival, Gwangju, South Korea
  • 1 November 2022: Reading at University College London, UK
  • 5-7 November 2022: In Other Words, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide, Australia
  • 24-27 November 2022: George Town Literary Festival, Penang, Malaysia
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