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The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai **Book Review** @algonquinbooks

Hello book people!

Today I am sharing with you a book I cannot adequately put into words how much I loved. This is one of those stories that will stick with me for a long time a beautiful story about resilience and family.🇻🇳

My Thoughts

Gorgeous and miracle a poignant tale of resilience and heart. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s lush and vivid storytelling transported me to Vietnam. The story spans most of 20th century Vietnam told from alternating perspectives in dual timelines from grandmother and granddaughter. 1950s Trần Diệu Lan is Born the daughter of a wealthy farmer. As a young girl she was told by a palm reader that she would live a hard life and indeed she did. From the death of her father to the great hunger to the land reform, to the Vietnam war she stood strong and fought hard for her life and the lives of her loved ones. 1970s Hương is living with her grandmother while her parents are off at war fighting against South Vietnam and the Americans. A young girl growing up in the shadows of war, tradition, and change. Both these storylines were equally riveting, heartwrenching, compelling, and beautiful.

As an American I have always thought of the Vietnam war as an American tragedy, where the average age of the combat soldier was 19. This book was very eye-opening and really made me realize that the people of Vietnam suffered even more then I could ever imagine. The French, the Japanese, and then the Americans all invading, forcing their own ideologies on the people of Vietnam for decades. I cannot adequately express how remarkable this book was and I encourage everyone to pick it up.

Quyen Ngo narrates this audio book bringing the perfect tone to this story’s beautiful pros. There are Vietnamese sayings told in Vietnamese sprinkled throughout this book and it was lovely to hear them read to me in Vietnamese. I really love learning so much about the Vietnamese culture and people in this book. I love when a book gives us a glimpse into different cultures and traditions. This is the first book in English from Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and I am definitely hoping it is not her last. Simply stunning!

This book in emojis 🇻🇳 👩‍👧 🍵 📚 👩🏻‍⚕️

*** Big thank you to Algonquin Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko and Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War.

Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English. 

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Berit☀️✨

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The Other People by C.J.Tudor @cjtudor @RCArmitage #BookReview #TheOtherPeople

Hello Book friends,

Are you all in for a treat with this one!!

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My Review

Ooh you are in for such a treat with this book.

Welcome to crazy town,
Do not pass GO,
Do not collect $200
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Meet Gabe, he drives up and down the motorway (freeway) all day every day, he’s hoping to catch a glimpse of his daughter, just once, just like last time.

You see, three years ago, Gabe was driving home, he was late as he’d been caught at work, and he wanted to get home to see his daughter, but the traffic was such a nightmare!
He happens to look at the back of the car near him, and he sees a little face peeping out of the window, after the initial thoughts of “why is that child not strapped in” he suddenly comes to the realisation, that the girl ahead looks very familiar! And a phone-call by the local police informing him that his wife and child have been found murdered makes even less sense.

We follow Gabe on his hunt for his daughter that he swore that he saw, Katie, who works in the roadside cafe, and has also lost a loved one, and Fran, who is on the run with her daughter.

Why can’t Fran’s daughter look in mirrors?
Why doesn’t anyone believe Gabe when he tells them about his daughter?
And who the hell are The Other People?

Intrigued yet?

I challenge you to put this book down once you have started it!

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Narrated by the always amazing Richard Armitage, who was just fantastic, you may have seen him on your TV screens recently in the also brilliant The Stranger!

Enjoy
Vicci 📚💛✨

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Synopsis

She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room….
Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him.
Most people believe that his daughter and wife are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.
Three years later and Gabe cannot give up hope. Even though he has given up everything else. His home, his job, his old life. He spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, sleeping in his camper van in service stations, searching for the car that took her. Searching for his daughter.
Katie spends a lot of her life in service stations, working as a waitress. She often sees Gabriel, or ‘the thin man’, as she has nicknamed him. She knows his story. She feels for him, because Katie understands what it’s like to lose a loved one. Nine years ago, her father was murdered. It broke her family apart. She hasn’t seen her oldest sister since the day of the funeral – the day she did something terrible.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people that want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows that if they ever find them, they’re dead.

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