Viet Thanh Nguyen is a maestro of language. He has the rare ability to call upon a vast lexicon without sacrificing the elegance of his prose, all while never losing his knack for developing complex characters. The Sympathizer is a masterpiece, and the short stories I have read by Nguyen are equally skillful. A collection of immigrant stories spanning two decades of Nguyen’s writing, The Refugees is destined to continue my recent short story obsession into 2017. I am awaiting this collection with childlike anticipation.
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