Reviews

  • "Everything is beautiful in this debut Vuong has originality running through his veins, and a good deal of humour and impish charm… This impressive debut hints at even greater things to come."

    The Times
  • "A stunning, beautiful book... His writing is phenomenal... Simply brilliant."

    BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review
  • "This is some of the most moving writing I’ve read… The tenderness of the prose feels like a triumph against a world hellbent on embittering the tenderhearted… the truths arrived at in this book are valuable precisely because they are steeped in feeling."

    New York Times
  • "Vuong is surely a literary descendant of the author of Leaves of Grass. Emerging from the most marginalized circumstances, he has produced a lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal… Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning."

    Ron Charles, Washington Post
  • "Vuong is a prodigious talent, his handling of words and images both brutal and delicate, his treatment of violence, sex and the body radically clear-eyed."

    Financial Times