Book Collection: Fiction

  1. Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything, by Kristin Bair, is heartbreaking yet hilarious.
  2. The Art of Floating, by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, is poignant, witty and unconventional.
  3. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris, takes us into the eccentric stories of his family.
  4. Dust Child, by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai who is a gifted writer with an ear for language and a heart for humanity. In her stories, she puts the suffering of her characters over the conflicts from all sides.
  5. The Mountains Sing, by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, is one of the most level-headed historical accounts of the Việt Nam Wars I have read in recent years.
  6. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vương, is a beautiful, painful, and lustful read. Even as a straight man, I find the gay sex scenes to be damn erotic.
  7. The Sympathizer, by Việt Thanh Nguyễn, is a well-written novel and a well-deserved winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  8. Thirsty, by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, is a dramatic novel that taps into human emotion, brutalization, and compassion.
  9. Who Do You Love, by Jean Thompson, featured fifteen skillfully-crafted fictions ranging from shocking to reminiscing to disturbing to shattering to enlightening experiences.