One eRead Canada is a national, bilingual digital book club presented by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. This year’s pick is Kim Thúy’s celebrated novel, Vi.
Vi by Kim Thúy is about the lives and experiences of Vietnamese refugees in Canada; It was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award in translation and longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. This selection is the CULC’s first bilingual book club and it is published by Penguin Random House Canada in English and Libre Expression in French.
“Thúy is known for her short and elegant stories about being a refugee and immigrant, and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. In her novels, we experience Vietnam’s colours and tastes, the difficulties of exile but also riches, and a search for identity that we can all recognize ourselves in.” – The New Academy jury citation
“Kim Thúy’s novels are as compact as her tiny titles might suggest… but their poetic contents punch well above their weight in terms of story and raw emotional heft.” – Becky Toyne, The Globe and Mail