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In this stunning novel about a Vietnamese family resettling in the isolation of California gold country, Dao Strom investigates the myth of westward progress and the consequences of cultural displacement.
Told from multiple perspectives and interwovenMore In this stunning novel about a Vietnamese family resettling in the isolation of California gold country, Dao Strom investigates the myth of westward progress and the consequences of cultural displacement.
Told from multiple perspectives and interwoven with the intimate reflections of a middle child, Grass Roof, Tin Roof begins with the story of Tran, a Vietnamese writer facing government persecution, who flees her homeland during the exodus of 1975 and brings her two children to the West. Here she marries a man who has survived a different war. He promises understanding and guidance, but the psychic consequences of his past soon hinder his relationships with the family. The children, for whom war is now a distant shadow, struggle to understand the world around them on their own terms.
Strom’s characters viscerally experience the collision of cultures and the spiritual aftermath of war. Grass Roof, Tin Roof is a beautiful work of profundity and empathy, powerful emotion and rare insight. Less
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Re-read this because the Clinton campaign ad on "no place for Captain Khan in Drumpf der Dummkopf's Murrika" made me want to scream. Sick-making to think people in a country made entirely of immigrants can think that way.
And this book, Strom's first nove. Read full review
"Concerning love, she told herself she was practicing the Buddhist paradox of "living simultaneously": immersion and non-attachment together."
I was ready to give up on this book halfway through simply because the plot shifted (intentionally) off of the main character (the. Read full review
I was hopeful, really hopeful, with the promise of this book. I read an excerpt of it in an anthology of California authors and was intrigued. I wanted to see how the author was going to use the Gold Country in California as a possible character in the book. While the sce. Read full review
This is an interesting personal history of a Cambodian (?) girl being raised in the States after a tough childhood in S.E. Asia. but it wasn't very well written and ultimately I lost interest in it. I see now from the 'find books by title or author' list that she. Read full review
This novel is the story of a refugee family that relocates to California after the Vietnam war. Like several of the other reviewers here, I was much more engaged in the novel during the first and last chapters that take place in Vietnam. The middle portion of the book is. Read full review
This novel follows Tran, a Vietnamese woman, from her days of working for a politically charged newspaper in Saigon in the '70s to her family life in California and on into her children's lives. A precise story about the nature of belonging. I loved it.
There were absolutely beautiful moments in this set of stories. Sometimes it was a little confusing with the back and forth in time, the blend of fictional and non-fictional (within the novel) stories that were written by the characters. But all in all, it felt like it wo. Read full review
Weirdly episodic and scattered, and I don't know what the author was tring to convey/get me to feel. The most compelling character (to me) was the mother, who dies less than half way through.
I found this book a bit odd in its structure but quite compelling. I enjoyed the vignettes that provided an insight into the immigrant experiences (differing by generation, country of origin, and personality).