The Refugees – By Viet Thanh Nguyen


Goodreads Synopsis: From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.

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While this collection of short stories didn’t resonate with me as a whole, there were a handful of really great stories.  This has been my experience with collections a lot recently, so I wasn’t too disappointed.

I think my favorite of these stories would be the story about the ghostwriter and his actual ghost brother. It was so easy to empathize with the characters, and with the added mystery of his dead brother it made for quite the haunting tale. 🙂

My other favorites included the story about the gay men and the refugee, I liked to see the inclusion of LGBTQA+ characters a lot.   I also enjoyed the story about the husband with dementia, it was both heartbreaking and beautiful to read.

In the end I gave this collection 3 stars on Goodreads. Overall it was pretty good, and you might enjoy it too.

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