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The Women on the Island Paperback – February 1, 2001
Born in 1960, Thai grew up in the country outside Hanoi during what was known in Vietnam as the American War. This novel, only the second of the author's more than a dozen works of fiction to be published in the U.S., takes place in the 1980s, a time when state-owned businesses were becoming the norm in Vietnam. It explores--in very accessible prose--two issues: the dilemma of female veterans of the war, who gave the best of themselves (including their youth and early adult years) to the war effort and are now forced, by circumstance and convention, to live sterile, unfulfilled lives, and the experience of the generation of men who came of age after the war, now forced to deal with their elders, an entrenched and corrupt bureaucracy that gives the lie to the noble suffering of the war years. Recommended for both academic and, especially, public libraries serving a Southeast Asian clientele. Nancy Pearl
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A popular Vietnamese writer illuminates the world of post-war Vietnam in a novel portraying the women who returned to a society which they had defended, but had no place for them.
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