Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Refugees’

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

“Refugees are the unwanted from wherever they come from, and they’re often unwanted where they come to. And especially in the United States, I think Americans think it’s unAmerican to be a refugee. So it’s actually really important for me to continually assert that I’m a refugee, I write about refugees, and that we need to think about the necessity of opening our doors and welcoming refugees in.”

⁠—Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Refugees

About The Refugees

Here’s why Health and Wellness Librarian Juanita (pictured right) recommends it: “The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a beautifully written peek into the lives, hopes, dreams, and hardships of immigrants. Each of the eight stories provides a different perspective and left me wanting to know more about each of the characters.”

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About the author

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction), Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America, The Refugees, and The Displaced. His most recent publication is Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his six-year-old son, Ellison. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Learn more about the author »

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About Many Voices, Many Stories

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration.

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