Nguyen Phan Quế Mai- Dust Child

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Come spend an evening with International Bestselling Author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai discussing her new book "Dust Child". Many of you have read and loved "The Mountains Sing" and we know you will equally love Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's new book "Dust Child".

There will be 2 special performances, one by Quế Mai herself, singing a song from a classic Vietnamese Opera and one by Actor Quyen Ngo who narrated Quế Mai's first book for the audio version.

The event is organized by La Playa Books and supported by The Center on War and Society at San Diego State University.

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About Dust Child
From the internationally bestselling author of The Mountains Sing, a suspenseful and moving saga about family secrets, hidden trauma, and the overriding power of forgiveness. Told in the voices of two Vietnamese sisters, an American veteran, as well as the child of a Black American soldier and a Vietnamese woman, Dust Child tells an unforgettable and immersive story of how those who inherited tragedy can redefine their destinies through love, hard-earned wisdom, compassion, courage, and joy.
Praised by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen as "Another triumph! Powerful and deeply empathetic" and by Library Journal as “achingly honest and ultimately hopeful; essential reading for U.S. audiences", Dust Child has been voted a best book of December by Library Journal and a most anticipated book of the year by many publications including BookPageSalon MagazineSan Diego Union TribuneOrange County RegisterZibby MagazineTrenzle MagazineShe ReadsBeyond the Bookends and We Are Bookish.
From Marianne, event manager at La Playa Books: "Quế Mai is a wordsmith of the best kind: one that brings together people across continents, culture and and language with the power of her pen and her stories. She is the ultimate Peace Ambassador. Read her books and you will know exactly what I mean."
Event address: 
Point Loma Assembly
3035 Talbot Street
San Diego, CA 92106
Dust Child By Que Mai Phan Nguyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643752754
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - March 14th, 2023

"Powerful and deeply empathetic.

The Mountains Sing By Que Mai Phan Nguyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643751351
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - March 16th, 2021

The International Bestseller
New York Times Editors’ Choice Selection
Winner of the 2020 Lannan Literary Awards Fellowship

"[An] absorbing, stirring novel . . .