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The Things We Lost to Water


Eric Nguyen
Things We Lost to the Water

Eric Nguyen earned an MFA in Creative Writing from McNeese State University in Louisiana. He has been awarded fellowships from Lambda Literary, Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA), and the Tin House Writers Workshop. He is the editor in chief of diaCRITICS.org. He lives in Washington, DC. Things We Lost to the Water is his first novel.

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Julie Pham
Their War: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in the Words of Veteran-Emigres i

Julie Pham , PhD is the Founder of the 7 Forms of Respect and the CEO of CuriosityBased, which fosters curiosity in the workplace. Her family owns Northwest Vietnamese News. She published Their War: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in the Words of Veteran-Emigres in 2019. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Dr. Pham lives in Seattle.

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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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