Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is the author and translator of 18 books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction.


  • "A sweeping story that positions Vietnamese life within with rich and luminous history of national epics like The Tale of Kiều and The Iliad. Expansive in scope and feeling, The Mountains Sing is a feat of hope, unflinchingly felt inquiries of the past, and the courageous story telling of the present."
    Ocean Vuong
    Author of the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous.
  • “The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling. Through the travails of one family, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai brings us close to the horrors of famine, war, and class struggle. But in this moving and riveting novel, she also shows us a postwar Việt Nam, a country of hope and renewal, home to a people who have never given up.”
    Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Author of The Sympathizer, Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.
  • "Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has written a wonderful, intricate story of the lives of a Vietnamese family trying to make it through generations of war. The Mountains Sing is a beautiful story of the simple challenge of keeping a family together and the courage of perseverance. It is told with the sureness of a master storyteller with a poet's spirit. A large and complicated story, marvelous to read."
    Larry Heinemann
    Author of Paco’s Story, recipient of the National Book Award