For the most part, I prefer novels over short stories but I really enjoyed The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. I had read Nguyen's novel, The Sympathizer, and was impressed with his writing and honesty and wanted to read other books by the author. I'm glad that I did as I found that I actually enjoyed The Refugees more than I did The Sympathizer (though I still loved and would recommend The Sympathizer anyday). The stories in this book are moving and emotional and they stick with you for a long time. That is not to say that all of the stories are serious, though. There are enough funny parts in it while still being thought-provoking. All of the stories are about refugees from Vietnam or people that are somehow connected to Vietnam. From the very first story, in which a young girl meets with the ghost of her deceased brother, to the last, in which a young woman meets her older half-sister whom she is named after and whom she suspects is loved more by her father than she is, the stories spoke to me. Though the stories were short, I still felt connected to the characters. I was truly wowed by this book and Nguyen's writing style and I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
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