Brattleboro Literary Festival Brattleboro Literary Festival

Saturday, October 16, 2021

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The Things We Lost to Water
Eric Nguyen
Eric Nguyen
Things We Lost to the Water
Julie Pham
Julie Pham
Their War: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in the Words of Veteran-Emigres i

In Eric Nguyen’s captivating novel, The Things We Lost to Water, an immigrant Vietnamese family who settles in New Orleans struggles to remain connected to one another as their lives are inextricably reshaped. When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. With time, she realizes she will never see her husband again. While she attempts to come to terms with this loss, her sons, Tuan and Binh, grow up in their absent father's shadow. 

Former President Barack Obama selected this book for his summer reading list. Eric Nguyen will be in conversation with Julie Pham, who came here on a boat at the age of two. She is part owner of the Vietnamese newspaper in Seattle founded by her family. 

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