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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.  




Library Journal “Best Book of December 2022”

*A Most Anticipated Book of the year according to BookPage, Salon Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune, Orange County Register, Sydney Morning Herald, NB MagazineZibby MagazineTrenzle MagazineShe Reads, Beyond the BookendsWe Are Bookish, Ms. Magazine, La Playa Books.

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

*"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

*"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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