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Wandering Souls

Cecile Pin

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      LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘A deeply humane and genre-defying work of love and uncompromising hope’ Ocean Vuong ‘I raced through it. Beautiful, brilliant’ Rebecca F. Kuang, author of Babel ‘A dazzling new talent’ Observer ‘Will shatter your heart’ Glamour ‘Powerful … a bold debut that breaks new ground’ Sunday Times An extraordinary story of the journey of one young family through love, loss and unwavering hope. There are the goodbyes and then the fishing out of the bodies – everything in between is speculation. One night, not long after the last American troops leave Vietnam, siblings Anh, Thanh and Minh flee their village and embark on a perilous boat journey to Hong Kong. Their parents and four younger siblings make the crossing in another vessel but as weeks go by it becomes clear that only one party has survived the voyage. Anh, Thanh and Minh suddenly find themselves alone in the world, without family or home. They travel on, navigating refugee camps and resettlement centres until, by a twist of fate, they arrive in Thatcher’s Britain. Here they must somehow build new lives with only each other to turn to, but will that be enough in a place that doesn’t seem to want them? In this piercing debut, the siblings’ faltering journey is deftly interwoven with the voice of their lost younger brother, Dao, following them from a place between the living and the dead, and the records of an unknown researcher intent on gathering the strands of their story. Wandering Souls paints a heart-wrenching portrait of a family in crisis while exploring the healing power of stories. A most anticipated book of 2023 in Vogue, AnOther Magazine, i-D, Independent, Evening Standard and Huffington Post ‘A powerful story of courage, love and unwavering hope’ Marie Claire ‘An ambitious and promising new talent’ Sharlene Teo, Guardian ‘Heartbreaking … a deeply affecting reckoning with history’ i-D ‘Tells one of the most important stories of our times’ Lucy Caldwell, author of These Days ‘Something special … Reading it is like watching a writer at work’ New York Times
      CONTRIBUTORS: Cecile Pin EAN: 9780008528782 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PAGES: WEIGHT: 260 g HEIGHT: 216 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: HarperCollins Publishers DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: FICTION / Historical / General, FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Political, FICTION / Family Life / Siblings, FICTION / Cultural Heritage WIDTH: 135 cm SPINE:

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      Vietnam, Relating to people of the South East Asian diasporas / heritage, Modern and contemporary fiction: general and literary, Family life fiction, Saga fiction (family / generational sagas), Historical fiction, Narrative theme: Coming of age, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Politics, Refugees and political asylum, Migration, immigration and emigration, Asian history

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      Cecile Pin grew up in Paris and New York City and now lives in London. She writes for Bad Form Review, was longlisted for its Young Writer’s prize and is a London Writers Awards 2021 winner.

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      LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘A deeply humane and genre-defying work of love and uncompromising hope’ Ocean Vuong ‘I raced through it. Beautiful, brilliant’ Rebecca F. Kuang, author of Babel ‘A dazzling new talent’ Observer ‘Will shatter your heart’ Glamour ‘Powerful … a bold debut that breaks new ground’ Sunday Times An extraordinary story of the journey of one young family through love, loss and unwavering hope. There are the goodbyes and then the fishing out of the bodies – everything in between is speculation. One night, not long after the last American troops leave Vietnam, siblings Anh, Thanh and Minh flee their village and embark on a perilous boat journey to Hong Kong. Their parents and four younger siblings make the crossing in another vessel but as weeks go by it becomes clear that only one party has survived the voyage. Anh, Thanh and Minh suddenly find themselves alone in the world, without family or home. They travel on, navigating refugee camps and resettlement centres until, by a twist of fate, they arrive in Thatcher’s Britain. Here they must somehow build new lives with only each other to turn to, but will that be enough in a place that doesn’t seem to want them? In this piercing debut, the siblings’ faltering journey is deftly interwoven with the voice of their lost younger brother, Dao, following them from a place between the living and the dead, and the records of an unknown researcher intent on gathering the strands of their story. Wandering Souls paints a heart-wrenching portrait of a family in crisis while exploring the healing power of stories. A most anticipated book of 2023 in Vogue, AnOther Magazine, i-D, Independent, Evening Standard and Huffington Post ‘A powerful story of courage, love and unwavering hope’ Marie Claire ‘An ambitious and promising new talent’ Sharlene Teo, Guardian ‘Heartbreaking … a deeply affecting reckoning with history’ i-D ‘Tells one of the most important stories of our times’ Lucy Caldwell, author of These Days ‘Something special … Reading it is like watching a writer at work’ New York Times
      CONTRIBUTORS: Cecile Pin EAN: 9780008528782 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PAGES: WEIGHT: 260 g HEIGHT: 216 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: HarperCollins Publishers DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: FICTION / Historical / General, FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Political, FICTION / Family Life / Siblings, FICTION / Cultural Heritage WIDTH: 135 cm SPINE:

      Book Themes:

      Vietnam, Relating to people of the South East Asian diasporas / heritage, Modern and contemporary fiction: general and literary, Family life fiction, Saga fiction (family / generational sagas), Historical fiction, Narrative theme: Coming of age, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Politics, Refugees and political asylum, Migration, immigration and emigration, Asian history

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