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The novel is being translated into Italian, Dutch, German, Croatian, Swedish, French, Russian, Spanish...

From the internationally bestselling author of THE MOUNTAINS SING, a suspenseful and moving saga about family secrets, hidden trauma, and the overriding power of forgiveness. Told in the voices of two Vietnamese sisters, an American veteran, as well as the child of a Black American soldier and a Vietnamese woman, DUST CHILD tells an unforgettable and immersive story of how those who inherited tragedy can redefine their destinies through love, hard-earned wisdom, compassion, courage, and joy.

* Voted a best book of 2023 by Reader's Digest and Cosmopolitan

* Voted a best book of the month/season by the Los Angeles Times, Amazon, Library Journal, the Chicago Review of Books, Ms. Magazine, BookPage, and Apple Books

* Chosen by independent booksellers in the United States as an Indie Next List Great Read

“Dust Child takes on the difficult subject of Amerasians left behind once the American military fled its own misadventures in Southeast Asia. Look for a reception akin to Min Jin Lee’s bestselling Pachinko.” The Los Angeles Times

A "sweeping, decades-spanning saga" - The New York Times

"Quế Mai provides readers with wonderful linguistic play, and through her deft and illuminating descriptions of the intimate details of her characters’ personal lives and difficult choices, we end up caring deeply for them and hoping for their well-being." BookPage

Dust Child takes on the difficult subject of Amerasians left behind once the American military fled its own misadventures in Southeast Asia. Look for a reception akin to Min Jin Lee’s bestselling Pachinko.” The Los Angeles Times

"A family epic to remember."Chicago Review of Books

“Achingly honest and ultimately hopeful; essential reading."— Library Journal starred review

“Nguyễn deftly wields her own polyglot talents to reclaim lives too long overlooked.” Shelf Awareness 

“An insightful, engrossing novel.” The California Review of Books

"Inherited trauma, intense secrets, and inside looks characterize this lyrical novel by a bold talent."Good Morning America

"A powerful tale. One of the greatest Vietnam War books ever written." Nick Hilden, The Manual

"Another triumph! Powerful and deeply empathetic. A heartbreaking tale of lost ideals, human devotion, and hard-won redemption."—Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

"Dazzling. Sharply drawn and hauntingly beautiful."—Elif Shafak, Women's Prize shortlist author of The Island of Missing Trees

"I truly cannot wait for the rest of the world to celebrate this book."—Chanel MillerNew York Times bestselling author of Know My Name

"As an adopted Amerasian orphan from the Vietnam War growing up in America, I became cognizant of all the negative connotations attached to my Amerasian heritage, hence spent many years of my life denying my roots. I concealed my ethnicity and identity as a bụi đời, a "dust child". As I began to read Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's novel, I felt something I had never experienced while reading a book: a profound connection with the characters in this novel as they relate to the experiences of my own birth parents, whom I thought were dead and whom I found when I was 47 years old. Some hidden details of my life miraculously mirror what happens in this book. Dust Child is more than a book to me, it is much-needed reconciliation and healing." -Trần Văn Kirk (Kellerhals), director of Intersections, winner of Best Inspiration Film at the 2022 Cannes World Film Festival

"A heartbreaking, beautifully told, utterly unique story of love, loss, and longing that speaks to the very heart of the human experience."—Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

"Once I started reading, I could not put the book down."—Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, founder of DVAN & author of This Is All I Choose To Tell

"With her generous heart and unmatched ability to write across languages and cultures, Quế Mai is the perfect guide for the wounded who search for home and healing." Thi Bui, American Book Award-winning author of The Best We Could Do

"Well-researched, realistic, and compassionately written. This eye-opening and fascinating novel is a must-read!"—Le Ly Hayslip, bestselling author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places 

"Once again, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has written a beautiful novel that shines a light on the history of Việt Nam. Dust Child is simply stunning."—Eric Nguyen, author of Things We Lost To The Water

"Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is a poet - a poet of the soul, as this book beautifully attests."—Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company.

One of the most important works of historical fiction in recent times. Quế Mai leaves no voice silenced, urging all to never lose sight of our humanity, for no one is a child of dust.” Sofia Akel,  founder of the Free Books Campaign<

“An evocative tale… Nguyễn’s love for her country and its citizens shines through the pages of Dust Child.” —Jing-Jing Lee, Women Prize long-listed author of How We Disappeared 

“Rewarding… with a cinematic clarity.”—Publishers Weekly

"Stirring ... a page turner and sheds light on a neglected subject." Kirkus Review

"Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is one of the most unique storytellers of our time. She creates plots which are Dickensian in their breadth and mastery." —Natalie Jenner, internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society

“A powerful and moving story, brilliantly told." —Robert Mason,  New York Times bestselling author of Chickenhawk

“Riveting... Nguyễn creates, in her luminous prose, a gripping and nuanced narrative.” —Steven DeBonis, author of Children of the Enemy: Oral Histories of Vietnamese Amerasians and Their Mothers

"Quế Mai is a wordsmith of the best kind: one that brings together people across continents, cultures, and languages with the power of her pen and her stories. She is the ultimate Peace Ambassador. Read her books and you will know exactly what I mean.” Marianne Reiner, La Playa Books

Dust Child just blew me away. Sad, full of hope and redemption. It is beyond good and will break your heart with love.”—Annie Philbrick, Owner of Bank Square Books, Savoy Bookshop & Cafe, and Title IX  Bookstore.

"With great compassion, with a firm conviction in the redeeming power of love and forgiveness, and with the consummate skill of a great story-teller, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai weaves us into the lives, past and present, of the ostracized, mixed-race children of American soldiers; their mothers, compelled by war into prostitution, and their fathers, the G.I.’s who abandoned them and yet remained haunted by them."—Wayne Karlin, author of Wandering Souls

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