I’ll take care of myself. “Vivien?” Mrs. Ly said, reading the name signed at the bottom of the letter. Nguyen’s first novel, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Last time an American go in this one, he can’t get out. “My mother also told the government she was a widow.” Vivien turned back to meet Phuong’s gaze. 8 pages at 400 words per page) View a FREE sample. “You don’t have to be a doctor to sponsor me.”. On a billboard outside were brightly colored photos depicting glacial facsimiles of the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and other manmade wonders of the world, lit in a rainbow of neon. Her sister’s restless presence in Phuong’s bed and the caress of the lace on her skin rendered the usual unusual, sharpening Phuong’s perceptions as if before this they had amounted to no more than a dull pencil, allowing her to write in her mind with ever-increasing precision the outline of her desires and the characters in her life, none more vivid than her father, whom she pitied and, even worse, did not respect. Department of English Printed on the bag in cursive writing was Victoria’s Secret. Then Vivien rolled over on her side to face the wall, where a green gecko clung patiently to the plaster. She works for it as a beautician.”, “Because you all wanted to know how much I made a month, and what I paid on my mortgage, and how much my car cost. Phuong’s namesake, for example, was seven years older, fifteen centimeters taller, twenty kilos heavier, and, from the photographs included with the letters, in possession of fairer, clearer skin; whiter, straighter teeth; and hair, clothing, shoes, and makeup that only became ever more fashionable as she graduated from a private girls’ school, then from an elite college, followed by medical school and then a residency in Chicago. If it wasn’t for…(read more), Posted on July 23, 2010 | Even wearing the parkas, stepping from the foyer into the Ice Lantern itself was a shock, for it was in essence an enormous freezer, a frigid, echoing hall that offered a walking tour of the world’s tourist landmarks, rendered as ice sculptures no taller than a man’s height. “These are tourist prices.”, “I like it here,” Vivien declared. I'd Love You to Want Me, the song by Lobo, was released in 1972 and plays a role in the short story. “What do you mean, what for?” Mr. Ly was incredulous. Call your mother?”, “Take a long drive by myself. (PDF) Teachers and parents! In the foyer, an attendant had handed them polyester parkas, hooded, knee length, and in neon hues of yellow, pink, orange, and green. Upstairs, after Vivien closed the door to the room that Phuong shared with her parents, she pulled one of her crimson suitcases out from underneath Phuong’s narrow bed. Until then his wife had been ignorant of the mistress’s existence, and she responded to the discovery by fleeing the country with her children on a perilous boat trip. Viet Thanh Nguyen 404D Taper Hall Department of English University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354 Email. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Photo: Amazon) Genre: Short story. The photograph flared when she touched it with fire, Vivien’s features melting first, their faces vanishing in flame. Viet Thanh Nguyen. When I return, I’m putting my life back together. These tunnels, then, were a must-see on their itineraries. Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner of "The Sympathizer", has written a collection of short stories -- 8 total in "The Refugees". This story is also in Nguyen's collection, The Refugees (Grove Atlantic, 2017).It features a … “So I thought I’d come here. During the war, he had owned a shoe factory, a beach home in Vung Tau, a chauffeured Citroën. “So that we’ll have something to remember her by until she comes back.”. Eavesdropping on them, Phuong was relieved not to be the object of their fascination. “You’ve never appreciated what you have.” Her father waved his hand over the meal, and Phuong squeezed her glass, bracing herself to hear the stories of her parents one more time. And Viet Thanh Nguyen drives that point home brilliantly.”―Mekong Review “A collection of short stories that span [Nguyen’s] 20-year struggle to earn the title of ‘writer.’”―Mother Jones When the attendant opened the door, their father was waiting, disposable camera held to his eye, his wife standing behind him with the boys. This was a matter of sufficient sadness and embarrassment that when her father’s shadow appeared in the doorway, Phuong turned on her side as well. I want to come back here and know I can leave. In this collection, Viet Thanh Nguyen begins to assemble one.” He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. That’s the way it should be. It picks up after his celebrated novel “The Sympathizer,” continuing a complex and deeply intimate tale of war, displacement, and survival. Instead they seemed fascinated, raising their cameras as he lifted the board to show the narrow, dark entrance. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354 From there, … Their father had forced her to wear an ao dai for Vivien’s departure, and she looked serious and grim in its silk confines. The touch of lace against her skin, and the glimpses of her nearly nude body draped so provocatively, made Phuong inordinately happy. “I’d rather be in a shopping mall or a museum, but even the museums don’t have air-conditioning here.”, “Father wants you to see him at work,” Phuong said patiently. I can’t imagine you in those granny things you have.”, For a moment, Phuong hesitated. Viet Thanh Nguyen. “I can’t wear these!” Phuong said, laughing as she held up the nearly nonexistent panties. You’re not falling in love, you just want to love him.”, “You know what my mother told me when I said I was going to Viet Nam?” Vivien paused. “It’s easy for him to love me. Her first glimpse of Vivien at the airport only confirmed the appropriateness of such a movie star’s name for the young woman who paused at the terminal’s glass gates—her eyes hidden behind enormous sunglasses, her lips slightly parted in a glossy pout—pushing a cart loaded with her own weight in crimson luggage. I miss my car.”, “I don’t even know anyone who owns a car.”. If he were only an adulterer and a playboy, then there would be cause for resentment, but he was in decline, a failure without even the glamour of decadence and bad behavior. I don’t mind spending money. “I’ve got one last thing for you, little sister,” Vivien said. Leave a comment, “Someone Else Besides You” was originally published in Narrative Magazine, Winter 2008. kiss. I’ve got to pay off four credit cards and my student loans and hope my house won’t be taken from me.”, “I won’t have time to worry about a little sister.” Now it was Vivien who seized Phuong’s hands with her own tear-dampened ones. Vivien nodded approvingly and said, “Now you look sexy. “This, ladies and gentlemen, a punji trap.” Mr. Ly spoke in English, beckoning for the group to halt. MY FATHER’S GIRLFRIEND lived in…(read more), Posted on October 8, 2006 | He sat on the couch and slit the envelope carefully, using one of the few relics from his past he had managed to keep, a silver letter opener with an ivory handle. “It’s not far from here.”, “I worked at one when I was sixteen,” Vivien said. Her sister’s vulnerability was alternately a source of annoyance and a source of endearment to Phuong, rendering Vivien less intimidating and perhaps more deserving of the secret Phuong longed to entrust, what she had never told her family and what only Vivien could understand. For review copies or bookstore events, contact publicity@groveatlantic.com for The Sympathizer or The Refugees and Margaux Leonard of Harvard University Press for Nothing Ever Dies. “Every week I had to come up with a different way to criticize myself for being a capitalist. But now, holding the photograph as she sat on the stool, she could focus on its details. The Ferris wheel rotated at its measured pace, slow enough for them to step out, Vivien first. “I won’t bother you.” Phuong touched Vivien on the arm, sticky with perspiration. Upgrade to A + Download this LitChart! Your email address will not be published. It was easy, then, in the weeks leading to Vivien’s arrival, for Phuong to pass her days at home and at work constructing scenarios of a noble, kindly sister, somewhat solemn and sad, but nevertheless gentle and patrician, who would immediately take to her and become the mentor and guide Phuong never had. A stupid reason, isn’t it?”, “Where’s all the money coming from?” Phuong could not tabulate how much her sister had spent, but she knew it was in the thousands of dollars. Leave a comment →. Iowa City, Iowa 52240, (319) 338-5640 or kevin@tuesdayagency.com. Phuong returned one evening from Nam Kha to find her parents and brothers clustered around the table in the living room, sifting through a stack of pictures that Vivien had included. “Step on trapdoor, you fall in.”. Their table was by the reflecting pool, across from which two young women sat on a cushioned dais, wearing silken, ephemeral ao dai and plucking gently at the sixteen strings of the zithers braced on their laps. The characters throughout the short story share similar qualities as the undead. I wrote enough pages for a whole autobiography, but every chapter said the same thing.”, Phuong sighed, but Vivien was listening intently, chin cupped on her hand. For the best visual quality, please download the PDF. . The short story “Black-Eyed Women” is within the book The Refugees, written by Viet Thanh Nguyen. “Did he just say what I think he said?” Vivien whispered. The roller coaster plunged down the tracks, the passengers screaming. “So here I am,” Vivien said. I don’t think I can stand it, I really don’t. My sewing machine. He too fat!” To illustrate his point, Mr. Ly extended his arms and joined his hands, creating a large hoop in the air. What she actually looked like she never knew, for while everyone promised to send her the pictures, no one ever had. “Can we go to Dam Sen?” Hanh asked. On the wall, over scabbing blue paint, someone had drawn the stick figure of a girl with a mop of hair, fingers flashing a V, eternally optimistic. For review copies or bookstore events, contact publicity@groveatlantic.com for The Sympathizer or The Refugees and Margaux Leonard of Harvard University Press for Nothing Ever Dies. Unlike Vivien, Phuong was not smiling. Not for the first time, Phuong imagined herself in her sister’s place, wearing a white coat in a white room, looking out a wall of windows at a haze of white snow. The trips to Da Lat and Vung Tau?”, “In America, they pay you extra when they fire you. His novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards. "The War Years", by Viet Thanh Nguyen (TriQuarterly Review). Leave a comment, “Look at Me” was originally published on The Good Men Project on February 19, 2011. But Vivien was her sister and a doctor, and there was no need to be shy. “I don’t even like camping,” Vivien said as the sisters trailed behind the other tourists, winding their way through the eucalyptus trees and bamboo groves where the fabled tunnels of Cu Chi were preserved. The photograph ignited easily when Phuong lit it with a match. Although she had never asked and had never thought of asking, she realized the next morning on the tour bus that she would have liked to have been asked before now. Upgrade to A + Download this LitChart! Email, For review copies or bookstore events, contact publicity@groveatlantic.com for The Sympathizer or The Refugees and Margaux Leonard of Harvard University Press for Nothing Ever Dies, Literary, translation, and film rights are handled by Nat Sobel at Sobel Weber Associates, 146 East 19 Street After an extensive nominating process, the board chooses the winners from a list of finalists in each category and may additionally give a… (read more), Viet Thanh Nguyen gives a keynote speech at the “Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders” for the Japanese American Nation Museum The Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders, a free one-day event, kicks off on Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Japanese American National Museum. She fed the fire with more photos, and their heat warmed her, two dozen others disappearing until only one was left, of Vivien and Phuong at the airport on the morning of Vivien’s departure, Vivien with her arm around Phuong’s shoulder. And so, when the first such letter finally arrived, it was the cause of a great deal of excitement. The moment the clouds covered it, all I wanted was to return. “I don’t want anyone holding me back.”. Hers was the expression that older people of an earlier generation usually adopted as they stood before the camera, picture taking a rare and ceremonious occasion reserved for weddings and funerals. Mrs. Ly cooed over the spectacle, but Hanh and Phuc rolled their eyes and asked Vivien if the next destination could be the Ferris wheel, rotating slowly above the waterslides. “My mother.” Vivien took a deep breath and looked once more through the barred windows. “Good plan,” said Vivien, fanning herself with the park brochure. Department of English Literary, translation, and film rights are handled by Nat Sobel … Mr. Ly, who made a humble living as a tour guide, reviewed the itinerary and said, “I couldn’t have done better myself.”. A weevil of envy resurfaced nearly every day of Vivien’s visit, for her father was behaving completely unlike himself, as if he were competing to win Vivien’s approval. Can she?”, “I’ve never fallen in love with anyone, so I don’t know.” The screech of the metal gate that was the living room’s front door announced their father’s return. The Refugees (2017) by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a collection of eight short stories that follow many Vietnamese refugees, most of them having fled from the Communist regime during the Vietnam war.The book takes place over two and a half decades, from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, and is told in both the first and third persons. 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