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Dust Child

by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

One World

Based on Vietnamese author Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s PhD research, Dust Child is a fictionalisation of her real-life interviews, journalistic experience, volunteer work with those impacted by wars and academic investigations.  Growing up in the seventies and eighties in Southern Vietnam, she knew of the discrimination faced by Amerasians born from the wartime unions between American men and Vietnamese women and she’s poured all of this into a powerful novel centring on four characters – two young sisters who leave their rural village to find work in Saigon, a mixed-race orphan and a former American helicopter pilot.  Alternating between the Vietnam war and the present day, Dust Child is one of those sweeping epics of family secrets, heartaches and the need to escape the dreadful stigma of being called the “dust of life”.

A sweeping, decades-spanning saga — The New York Times 

Insights into the period and eloquent prose are impressive.— Financial Times 

Notable for its boundless compassion — The Times 

Wonderful linguistic play… deft and illuminating descriptions…— BookPage

A moving saga about family secrets, trauma, discrimination, hope and, ultimately forgiveness.― San Diego Union Tribune 

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