The Mountains Sing



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* Winner of the 2021 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award

* Runner-Up for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Fiction

* Winner of the International Book Awards (Literary Fiction and Multicultural Fiction categories)

* Winner of the Blogger's Book Prize 2021

* Winner of the Annie Award 2021

* Winner of the 2020 BookBrowse Best Debut Award 

* Winner of the 2020 Lannan Literary Award Fellowship for "a work of exceptional quality" and for "contribution to peace and reconciliation"

* A New York Times Editors' Choice


A Best Book of the Month/Year voted by The New York Times * Washington Post * O, The Oprah Magazine * USA Today * Amazon * PopSugar * Book Riot * Paperback Paris * SHE READS * We Are Bookish * The Millions * NPR’s Book Concierge * Washington Independent Review of Books * NB Magazine * Real Simple * The Buzz Magazine * PopMatters * Global Atlanta * Otago Daily Times *  Writer's Bone * HUMO newspaper

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"An absorbing, stirring novel... that, in more than one sense, remedies history."—The New York Times

"A luminous, complex family narrative ... ."—NPR

"A triumph... Moving and riveting... " —Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

"Rich and luminous... A feat of hope." —Ocean Vuong, MacArthur Award-winning bestselling author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

“A richly imagined story.” — Kirkus Starred Review 

“This brilliant, unsparing love letter to Vietnam will move readers.”— Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Nguyen displays a lush and captivating storyteller’s gift " — Library Journal Starred Review

"The great Vietnamese novel of our time."— DiaCRITICS 

"A daughter of Vietnam marks the country's literary breakout.” Nikkei Asia

"Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel ‘usurps the colonizer’ and lays bare her nation’s unresolved trauma." The National

“This moving saga has captivated readers with its authenticity and lyrical storytelling.” Boston Public Radio 

"Propulsive and haunting.”BookPage

"Beautiful, heartbreaking and utterly essential... " — Saigoneer Bookshelf

"The book is distinctly Vietnamese."— Washington Independent Review of Books

"The missing narrative of the American War in Vietnam."— The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A compelling and challenging novel." – The Irish Times

“Author shines light on Vietnam War’s female voices” - AFP

“This book is an act of love, compassion, and ultimately healing.”—Thi Bui, American Book Award-winning author of The Best We Could Do

"Told with the sureness of a master storyteller with a poet's spirit."—Larry Heinemann, author of the National Book Award-winning Paco's Story

“Reading this novel, I came away with a deeper understanding of the war in which I fought.”— Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn, What It’s Like to Go to War 

"One of the most significant contributions to literature.”—Natalie Jenner, author of the international bestseller The Jane Austen Society

"Fresh imagery reflects a constant dependence on the earth for survival, passed down through generations of farmers." BookBrowse Starred Review

"Quế Mai has spoken for generations outside of Vietnam, millions upon millions of people bombed out, put underground, forced to flee and desperate to live" - CounterPunch

"A luminous tale that resonates across generations.."—O, The Oprah Magazine

"A beautiful evocation of a lost world." — The Paris Review

"A vivid look at Vietnam from within.”

People Magazine

"A comprehensive multigenerational tale." — The Washington Post

"Your heart will not leave this book untouched.” — Lit Hub

“Fresh, and ultimately uplifting.”Asian Review of Books

"There’s an important Vietnam War history lesson embedded here, as well, one that is not often available to American readers..."— The Vietnam Veterans of America Book Review 

"One of the most moving, and fundamentally eye-opening, novels I feel I will read in my lifetime."— The Nerd Daily

"A stunning work of historical fiction that lays bare history long forgotten."— Paperback Paris

“The Mountains Sing took my breath away. It moved me to my core. I was shaken, I was touched and, in spite of the tragedies in the book, I was inspired.” WPSU Penn State Radio.

“Quế Mai opens a window into the other side of a controversial war, and we would do well to consider the lessons her characters teach.” The Seattle Book Review

"A terrifying, melancholic and achingly beautiful first novel." South China Morning Post

“Historical fiction at its finest.” SHE READS   

“Authentic… The book has a very ingenious structure.” – Australia’s national radio ABC 

“Told with poetic economy and intensity.” Sydney Morning Herald

""Mesmerizing, devastating, searing and utterly authentic." — Lynn Novick, Co-producer of The Vietnam War documentary.