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Kim Thuy’s novel Ru draws on refugee past

Saigon-born, Montreal-based Kim Thuy transformed her own tale of struggle into Ru, a poetic, autobiographical novel debut. This novel illustrates in a sensible way HOW the interplay is between to be strange, to feel strange and to get accustomed to a new way of living, a new culture.

It also can be quite funny!!!!!!!

After a raft of critical acclaim for Thuy’s original French version, including a 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award, Ru has now been published in English, translated by the celebrated Sheila Fischman.

In short vignettes that flow back and forth between past and present, Ru tells the story of a young woman forced to leave ……………….

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