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									Monique TruongMonique Truong
A former New York City attorney, Truong gave up the legal life for the literary one when she quit her job to attend the Yaddo writers' colony. During this time, Truong reveals in our exclusive interview, "I temped and worked part time as an attorney in order to pay my rent and loans. I still hated every moment of it, but at least now I knew that the hours I was putting in were buying me months of worth of writing time."

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Fact File

Monique Truong
Also Known As:
Monique T. D. Truong; Monique Thuy-Dung Truong
Current Home:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
May 13, 1968
Place of Birth:
Saigon, South Vietnam
B.A. in Literature, Yale University, 1990; J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1995
; Bard Fiction Prize, 2003; PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers, 2004; New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, 2004

Truong's Breakout Book

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								The Book of Salt, Author: 
								Monique Truong.

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The Book of Salt
by Monique Truong
"This sumptuous debut weaves cooking, language, cravings, and cruelty around a pseudo-historical figure: the mysterious Vietnamese chef, Binh, who worked for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and recounts his life in deliciously acid tones," the Village Voice observes of Truong's fiction debut.

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Advice for the Aspiring

"I have met young writers -- and not-so-young writers -- who are very careerist in their approach," Truong confides in our exclusive interview. "They think they need to find an agent right away. I always ask them how much they have written. An agent, no matter how good, cannot sell your hope, desire, drive, will, or ambition to be a writer. Only your written words."

Vietnamese Vignettes

Favorite Writers and Reads

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								Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose, Author: 
								Monique T. D. Truong, Luu Truong  Khoi, Truo  Luu, Barbara Tran (Editors).

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Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose
by Monique T. D. Truong, Luu Truong Khoi, Truo Luu, Barbara Tran (Editors)
Truong's first literary coup was to coedit this anthology of Vietnamese literature focusing on first- and second-generation Vietnamese Americans as they make their way through the maddening, magnificent maze of American culture.

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								Love in the Time of Cholera, Author: 
								Gabriel García Márquez.

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Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel García Márquez
"I suspect that his grocery list would make my top ten list," Truong admits in our interview of one of her all-time favorite authors, Gabriel García Márquez. "This novel, though, offers one of the most desperate and hopeful endings to a love story that I have yet to read." Read our interview to learn more about Truong's favorite writers and reads, including:

*To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
*The Hour of the Star  by Clarice Lispector
*America Is in the Heart  by Carlos Bulosan
*The Bluest Eye  by Toni Morrison
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