Short Girls

Short Girls

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Two estranged Vietnamese sisters, each wrestling with their own lives, careers, and romances, are reunited at their father's American citizenship party, and forge a new relationship.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9781101080573
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm.


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IndyPL_SteveB May 05, 2019

This is the second book and first novel by this fine Vietnamese-American writer. While the immigrant experience in America is certainly a part of the book, it is more about the choices we make in life, the importance of family, the rivalry between two sisters, and – most of all – how we can turn failures into something more by learning what we truly want.

Sisters Van and Linny couldn’t be less alike. Van is an immigration lawyer in Michigan married to a handsome 4th-generation Chinese-American lawyer. Linny didn’t care about education and helps run an upscale food preparation business in Chicago. When their Vietnamese-immigrant father calls them to come home to Grand Rapids to help celebrate his upcoming American citizenship, the sisters haven’t had a real conversation for years. But they are each hiding a failure that they can’t tell their father. Their father has his own failures. He has spent his life working construction jobs while trying to become an inventor of products for short people. He might have good ideas but with poor English skills and no sales ability, it seems that no one will pay attention.

This has Nguyen’s fine writing, as in her other books, and excellent characters that you will recognize, probably in your own mirror.

Aug 06, 2013

it is interested about immigrating family especially from Vietnam. There are many problems and struggles being asian american with many generation in America. It is a sad story but it describles how Vietnamese people cultures and how you are being treat if you are daughter and not son. Male was still controlling and the nominating in the family.

Sep 18, 2012

Reminiscence of The Joy Luck Club but from a Vietnamese refugee POV. It is the story of Asian immigrant daughters struggling to meet the expectations within the culture of their parents and the culture of the country in which they have grown up and gone to school. As the parents adapted in two different ways to America, so have the two daughters. I really enjoyed it.

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