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Ru, by Kim Thúy

In 141 pages, this author weaves a heartwarming memoir about her experiences as a refugee from Vietnam, and her unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon, to a crowded Malaysian refugee camp, and on to her new life in Quebec. Moving seamlessly from past to present, this book celebrates life in all its wonders.

Kim, who has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner, has written with such skill that with RU she has earned:

  • The Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction
  • The Grand Prix Literaire Archembault
  • The Prix du Public Salon du Livre
  • The Grand Prix Literaire RTL-Lire (France)
  • The Mandello Prize for Multiculturalism (Italy)

I highly recommend this book for further understanding of the refugee experience that is relevant in today’s transient world.

Review by Kit, Churchmouse Volunteer

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