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FEATURE: The Reeducation of Cherry Truong: A Novel by Aimee Phan @stmartinspress

Book Description

 March 13, 2012
Cherry Truong’s parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives.  Determined to bring him back, twenty-one-year-old Cherry travels to their homeland and finds herself on a journey to uncover her family’s decades-old secrets—hidden loves, desperate choices, and lives ripped apart by the march of war and currents of history.
The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the story of two fierce and unforgettable families, the Truongs and the Vos: their harrowing escape from Vietnam after the war, the betrayal that divided them, and the stubborn memories that continue to bind them years later, even as they come to terms with their hidden sacrifices and bitter mistakes. Kim-Ly, Cherry’s grandmother, once wealthy and powerful in Vietnam, now struggles to survive in Little Saigon, California without English or a driver’s license. Cherry’s other grandmother Hoa, whose domineering husband has developed dementia, discovers a cache of letters from a woman she thought had been left behind. As Cherry pieces their stories together, she uncovers the burden of her family’s love and the consequences of their choices.
Set in Vietnam, France, and the United States, Aimee Phan’s sweeping debut novel reveals a family still yearning for reconciliation, redemption, and a place to call home.

AAbout the Author


AIMEE PHAN grew up in Orange County, California, and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, WE SHOULD NEVER MEET, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesUSA Today, and The Oregonian among others.


  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312322682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312322687
I was scheduled to review this book, but I never got my copy.  I lived right around the corner from Little Saigon for awhile (fabulous restaurants!) and look forward to this one once it comes out... Anyone who has attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop has a leg up in my book!


  1. The cover is lovely and the plotline sounds interesting. Too bad the book didn't show up - I eould have loved to read your thoughts.

  2. I know what you mean about the Iowa Writer's Workshop!
    Thanks for the info, if not a review!:)

  3. Thanks for posting the book and the description.
    After, reading it, I want to see if I can find it at the Library. If not, then I just might have to go and buy the book. This sounds like it would be a great book to take on a trip and enjoyl.


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