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Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Winner of the 2017 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize


Finalist for the 2017 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award

How can you stand up to tyranny when your own identity is in turmoil?


Vietnam is a haunted country, and Dr. Nguyen Georges-Minh is a haunted man. In 1908, the French rule Saigon, but uneasily; dissent whispers through the corridors of the city. Each day, more Vietnamese rebels are paraded through the streets towards the gleaming blade of the guillotine, now a permanent fixture in the main square and a gruesome warning to those who would attempt to challenge colonial rule.
     It is a warning that Georges-Minh will not heed. A Vietnamese national and Paris-educated physician, he is obsessed by guilt over his material wealth and nurses a secret loathing for the French connections that have made him rich, even as they have torn his beloved country apart.
     With a close-knit group of his friends calling themselves the Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, Georges-Minh plots revenge on the French for the savagery they have shown to the Vietnamese. And it falls to Georges-Minh to create a poison to mix into the Christmas dinner of a garrison of French soldiers. It is an act that will send an unmistakable message to the French: Get out of Vietnam.
     But the assassination attempt goes horribly wrong. Forced to flee into the deep jungles of the outer provinces, Georges-Minh must care for his infant son, manage the growing madness of his wife, and elude capture by the hill tribes and the small--but lethal--pockets of French sympathizers.
     Journey Prize winner Yasuko Thanh transports us into a vivid, historical Vietnam, one that is filled with chaotic streets, teeming marketplaces, squalid opium dens, and angry ghosts that exist side by side with the living.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
April 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Canada
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
6.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Myjourney222 ,

Egreious misery

This book piles on the misery. Unanimously “with I hadn’t read it” for our book club.

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