By Aimee Phan
A tender lady trips again to Vietnam to discover kinfolk secrets—in this primary novel from the writer of We Should.
Cherry Truong’s older brother has been exiled to reside with far away kin in Vietnam. As Cherry trips from la to her family’s place of origin to convey him again, she embarks on a quest to discover the mysteries and lies in her family’s past—hidden loves, determined offerings, and lives torn aside via the march of struggle and currents of heritage. Spanning 3 generations, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the sweeping tales of the Truong and Vos households, their get away from Vietnam throughout the battle, the forces that separated them, and the binds that bind them over 3 continents. Aimee Phan’s debut novel introduces readers to a fiercely defiant kin who nonetheless yearn for reconciliation and redemption in every one other’s hearts.
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