FictionThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen has spoken openly this year about the ‘deep well’ of anti-Asian racism in the United States. His debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016 and it is told from the perspective of a Vietnamese army captain with divided loyalties.

For us, books are a way in which we can learn. In a world where we have been so restricted in a myriad of ways over the past year, they have continued to provide us with a source of knowledge and a means through which we can connect with the world outside our homes.

The continuing #stopasianhate movement is an example of this. Of course, reading about what is going on via social media and other online sources is vital — but for us, engaging with books that touch on and expand on the experiences of others, whether fiction or non-fiction, is vital and genuinely speaks to us in a different way. 

We are so excited to get started on this one, our April 2021 book pick and we really hope that if it’s one you like the sound it, you’ll grab yourselves a copy and read along with us too. It’s readily available in paperback from wherever you buy your books.

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