Kim Thúy • Ru

Some books are perfect for reading in a single sitting. Ru by Kim Thúy is one of those.

It’s short enough, for one thing. More to the point, though, its circuitous plotting and dense imagery mean that you must immerse yourself in the book. And you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful, occasionally harrowing, often enlightening journey.

So the next time you’re facing a rainy weekend, or if you just want to read a whole book in one go, consider Ru. The translation is very readable.

Kim Thúy, Ru, trans. Sheila Fischman. 2009 novella about a Vietnamese refugee who settles in Quebec. Warmly recommended for a rainy day.

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