The Reeducation of Cherry Truong

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong

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Cherry Truong's parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, twenty-one-year-old Cherry travels to their homeland and finds herself on a journey to uncover her family's decades-old secrets--hidden loves, desperate choices, and lives ripped apart by the march of war and currents of history.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the story of two fierce and unforgettable families, the Truongs and the Vos: their harrowing escape from Vietnam after the war, the betrayal that divided them, and the stubborn memories that continue to bind them years later, even as they come to terms with their hidden sacrifices and bitter mistakes. Kim-Ly, Cherry's grandmother, once wealthy and powerful in Vietnam, now struggles to survive in Little Saigon, California without English or a driver's license. Cherry's other grandmother Hoa, whose domineering husband has developed dementia, discovers a cache of letters from a woman she thought had been left behind. As Cherry pieces their stories together, she uncovers the burden of her family's love and the consequences of their choices.

Set in Vietnam, France, and the United States, Aimee Phan's sweeping debut novel reveals a family still yearning for reconciliation, redemption, and a place to call home.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312322687
0312322682
Branch Call Number: FIC PHAN

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Lauraparr Apr 13, 2014

A really nice story about survival and having to relocate and adapt. The differences in generations and personalities are very well captured. Even though I was a little confused at times by the number of characters, it was a very interesting and complex story.

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calvoer
Sep 21, 2013

The large Vietnamese presence in Seattle can seem mysterious to outsiders. This novel offers some enlightenment. The first 20 pages come off as a fluffy story of a spoiled California Vietnamese-American girl, but then it turns into an intense and at times breathtaking depiction of family relationships in a traditional society, displayed against the changing backgrounds of different generations, countries, during war and peace. There is a mystery to unwind here, and because the story unfolds by jumping to different time periods in the lives of the interconnected families--with characters’ names that can be difficult for a Westerner to sort out-- this book can require some work on the part of the reader. I for one found it paid off. There are scenes between husbands and wives, particularly the paternal grandparents, worthy of Tolstoy. All in all, a winner.

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