Reading and Book Signing
Thuy will be reading from her debut novel, Fire Summer, this Friday, October 11th, at 7:00pm, in Kuykendall 410, UH Mānoa. It would be wonderful to see you there! And if you know others who might be interested in a new novel on Vietnam with a touch of magic realism and adventure, she would appreciate it if you could spread the word.
Kirkus calls Fire Summer “transportive armchair travel” and says, the “generous doses of folklore . . . and poetry add ballast” to the story. Booklist describes it “a vibrant portrait of post-war Vietnam, illuminating both the dangers and the great beauty of a country in the process of healing itself.”
She wrote Fire Summer with the hope of moving toward healing. The cover art is a painting by Dương Ngọc Sơn, an artist born in north Vietnam; the story is written by a South Vietnamese soldier’s daughter, born in central Vietnam, fled south during the red fiery summer of 1972, and eventually to the US. Having written this first novel and lived in Hawaii for more than half of my life, characters from the islands enter the narrative at critical points, helping her envision a path toward reconciliation.
Bio: Thuy Da Lam was born in Qui Nhơn in Central Vietnam, grew up in Philadelphia, and now lives in Honolulu, where she works on her next book and teaches at Kapi‘olani Community College. Lam holds a BA in creative writing from Hamilton College, where she helped translate Vietnamese sources for Thomas A. Bass’s Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home, and a PhD in English from UH Mānoa. She received the George A. Watrous Literary Prize for Fiction, a Myrle Clark Writing Award, and the John Young Scholarship in the Arts. Her debut novel, Fire Summer, is a revision of her dissertation, part of which appeared in Lost Lake Folk Opera in commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.Copies of Fire Summer are available at the reading at the author’s discount, $10.00. We hope to see you there!