The Forbidden Purple City

The Forbidden Purple City


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A man returns to Hoi An in his retirement to compose a poem honouring his parents. Two teenagers, ostracized in a private school, forge an unlikely bond. A son discovers the truth about his father's business ventures and his dreams of success. A young bride, isolated on a remote island with her new husband, finds community in a group of abalone divers. Taking the title for his debut collection of short fiction from the walled palace of Vietnam's Nguyen dynasty, Philip Huynh dives headfirst into the Vietnamese diaspora. In these stories, he creates a universe inhabited by the deprivations of war, the reinvention of self in new and unfamiliar settings, and the tensions between old-world parents and new-world children. Rooted in history and tradition yet startlingly contemporary in their approach, Huynh's stories are sensuously evocative, plunging us into worlds so all-encompassing that we can smell the scent of orange blossoms and hear the rumble of bass lines from suburban car stereos.
Publisher: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada :, Goose Lane Editions,, [2019]
Description: 263 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781773100784
Branch Call Number: Huyn


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Jul 16, 2019

I gave this book a good try, but the stories are inaccessible for me. I had the sense that I was standing outside a dusty window looking in a building in which an old movie was playing, one which had nothing to offer me at all.

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