Our ReviewsWandering Souls by Cecile Pin

Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin


The recent announcement of the @womensprize long list has got many readers trawling the titles now in the run up to the shortlist and then, of course, the winner. There’s a lot to love about this extraordinary list but something that stands out for Chaya and i is the fact that nine of the titles are debut novels. The extraordinary Wandering Souls by @cecilekvpin is one of them.

I somehow loved this book before I even started it and kept it aside to take away on a rare child free mini break. We had an early train to catch and I thought I’d start it the night before — dip my toes in, so to speak. By the time I went to bed, I’d finished the book. I wrapped it up on my doorstep as I left and implored Chaya to collect it asap to read while I was away. Needless to say, she devoured it in a single sitting too.

At under 300 pages, don’t let it’s relatively slim size deceive you. There is so much magic in these pages — so many themes, so much scope, an array of exquisitely crafted characters and a story, taking you from the coast of Vietnam, three years after the withdrawal of American troops, to the treacherous seas away from it, and onto the United Kingdom and the harsh reality of life in a new world, a life as an outsider in London, as a family, irretrievably broken.

And yet, through the trauma, there is still hope, a hope that shines through this meticulously researched novel. We both knew we had to talk to @cecilekvpin herself the moment we put it down and we are so excited to share our conversation with her tonight. Make sure you stay tuned. And, if you’ve already read this one, we would love to know what you think ~ S

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