by Kim Thúy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345813800
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 551,685
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

KIM THÚY has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner. She currently lives in Montreal where she devotes herself to writing.

SHEILA FISCHMAN is the award-winning translator of some 150 contemporary novels from Quebec. In 2008 she was awarded the Molson Prize in the Arts. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.

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Maman and I don’t look like one another. She is short, I am tall. Her complexion is dark, my skin is like a French doll’s. She has a hole in her calf and I have a hole in my heart.

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Mãn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Melissa_W More than 1 year ago
Mãn is a book that I might probably have picked up and read all on my own. It was slated for feature in the Discover Bay at the store (I walk past the display multiple times during a shift) and I like to pick books out of that list. However...some smart person at Kim Thúy's publisher decided to purchase sponsorships for Book Riot podcasts so for a week-and-then-some this book was in my ears. Of course I had to have it. Mãn is one of the best, best books I read or will read this year. It is a beautiful, slim, delicately wrought novel comprised of tiny flash-style chapters and a word for each chapter translated into Vietnamese in the margin. (Aside: the physical design of Mãn is soul-destroyingly beautiful.) It is a the story of a woman trying to find where she belongs in the world. It is the story of a culture that has held onto so many of its traditions even as its people are forced to disperse around the globe. It is the story of ordinary people who make sacrifices. It is a story of how food can convey emotion and memory. All of this is packed into 140 spare, quiet pages. A perfect novel for a rainy, quiet evening. I'll definitely have my eye out for Ru in the future.