â€œAn epic account of Viet Namâ€™s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling . . . Moving and riveting.â€ â€”VIET THANH NGUYEN, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize With the epic sweep of Min Jin Leeâ€™s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasiâ€™s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratnerâ€™s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Viet Nam War. Tran Dieu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in HÃ Noi, her young granddaughter, HÆ°Æ¡ng, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Ho ChÃ Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that will tear not just her beloved country but her family apart. Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Viet Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. This is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyen Phan Que Maiâ€™s first novel in English.
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