The Gangster We Are All Looking for

The Gangster We Are All Looking for

Book - 2003
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A momentous literary debut: the life of a Vietnamese family in America luminously observed through the knowing eyes of a child. 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 of itchy dresses and run-down apartments 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 for a father's order. InThe Gangster We Are All Looking For, lê thi diem thúy has illuminated a world of great beauty and enormous sorrows. Here is an authentically original story of finding one's place and voice in America.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375400186
0375400184
Branch Call Number: FIC/LE
Characteristics: 160 p. ; 20 cm.

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blue_cat_6622
Jul 18, 2017

Each scene of the book was like a picture. The narrator described these individual pictures well enough for the reader to visualize what is going on.

The pictures, however, did not connect. The scenes of the book were often incoherent and confusing to follow as a whole.

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MadameMoonfly
Jun 03, 2014

Lê thị diễm thúy is a promising writer whom I'll be watching closely. I'm very curious about her development as a writer in the years to come. This first novel feels very much like something the author had to get off her chest. I wonder about the second and third novel.

Jane60201 Oct 13, 2013

Not sure why this was picked out by a librarian as a good book. It jumps around too much. There are a lot better books about the refugee experience.

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 25, 2010

A Vietnamese refugee family's life in America is told through the eyes of a child whose perspective changes as she grows into adolescence.

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