Audrey Chin A searing story about a Vietnamese man’s struggle to balance the many faces of belong and loyalty in a Vietnamese family torn asunder by war and unresolved peace.
In Thong Tran’s Vietnam, everyone is at war and no one is who they seem. But even a conflicted heart needs a home. Yearning for a true father and a cause to give himself to, Thong chooses independence, liberty and happiness –his tutor and the Viet Cong. It is a choice with karmic consequences he will spend the next half century criss-crossing the Pacific to outrun.
Can Thong set down the bones rankling in his heart? And at what cost?
A lyrical journey of self-discovery and identity … Audrey Chin has written a powerhouse of a novel that forces the reader to feel every beat of its thumping heart.
—Sung J. Woo, author of Everything Asian
Audrey Chin’s expert weaving of this many-layered tale admirably illuminates Vietnam’s complex history. It gives insight into the web of divided loyalties and allegiances, both political and emotional, that blighted the lives of so many people in the fight for independence. This is an absorbing and enlightening book, and a tour de force in storytelling.
author of eight novels and
A Different Sky (Random House, 2011)
About the Author
Audrey Chin works with numbers as a financial steward by day and with words at night. Her mission is to tell the Southeast Asian story to an international audience from the point-of-view of a multi-cultural Peranakan woman in Singapore. Her debut novel, Learning to Fly, was a coming-of-age story set in the rainforests of the region. She is contributing co-editor of Singapore Women Re-Presented, which tells Singapore’s social history from the perspective of Singaporean Women.
Audrey is married to Minh and has been a daughter-in-law of the Vietnamese diaspora for thirty years. As the Heart Bones Break is distilled from the many diasporic stories she heard over that period. Find out more at www.audreychin.com