The Gangster We Are All Looking For

The Gangster We Are All Looking For

by Le Thi Diem Thuy, Thuy Le (Other)
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The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy

This acclaimed novel reveals the life of a Vietnamese family in America through the knowing eyes of a child finding her place and voice in a new country.

In 1978 six refugees—a girl, her father, and four “uncles”—are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. In the child’s imagination, the world is transmuted into an unearthly realm: she sees everything intensely, hears the distress calls of inanimate objects, and waits for her mother to join her. But life loses none of its strangeness when the family is reunited. As the girl grows, her matter-of-fact innocence eddies increasingly around opaque and ghostly traumas: the cataclysm that engulfed her homeland, the memory of a brother who drowned and, most inescapable, her father’s hopeless rage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375700026
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/11/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 244,956
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

lê thi diem thúy [pronounced LAY TEE YIM TWEE] born in Phan Thiet, southern Vietnam. She and her father left Vietnam in 1978, by boat, eventually settling in Southern California. lê is currently a Radcliffe Fellow and resides in western Massachusetts.

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The Gangster We Are All Looking For 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
huckfinn37 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because I learned much about Vietnam. The story is well written and I liked all of the characters.