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The Best We Could Do : An Illustrated Memoir
by Thi Bui


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An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui
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Overview
National bestseller
ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui
.

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent--the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

In what Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls "a book to break your heart and heal it," The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui's journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781419718779
  • ISBN-10: 1419718770
  • Publisher: Abrams Comicarts
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.12 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Nonfiction - General
Books > Social Science > Emigration & Immigration

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Tracing her familys journey to the United States and their sometimes-uneasy adaptation to American life, Buis magnificent memoir is not unique in its overall shape, but its details are: a bit of blood sausage in a time of famine, a chilly apartment, a fathers sandals contrasted with his sons professional shoes. The story opens with the birth of Buis son in New York City, and then goes back to Vietnam to trace the many births and stillbirths of her parents, and their eventual boat journey to the U.S. In excavating her familys trauma through these brief, luminous glimpses, Bui transmutes the base metal of war and struggle into gold. She does not spare her loved ones criticism or linger needlessly on their flaws. Likewise she refuses to flatten the twists and turns of their histories into neat, linear narratives. She embraces the whole of it: the misery of the Vietnam War, the alien land of America, and the liminal space she occupies, as the child with so much on her shoulders. In this mélange of comedy and tragedy, family love and brokenness, she finds beauty. (Mar.)

 
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