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FIRE SUMMER a work that shows us the Vietnam beyond the war movies Lam deftly explores the slippery interplay between heritage and identity history and duty ultimately proving that each of us is so much than the places we come from An important debut uan Barry author of SHE WEEPS EACH TIME YOU'RE BORNIn FIRE SUMMER past and present blend with here and there in ways that continually surprise yet somehow seem destined Vietnam is the setting and the legacy for the returning expatriate Maia and for an entourage of vivid characters who encounter and reencounter each other as they travel from the shores to the mountains searching for family closure and a home A beautiful funny and stunning novel that will reward repeated reading Craig Howes author. I heard the author speak at an event and was interested by her presentation and how she described her book so I picked it up I was not disappointed this book is excellentFire Summer follows a young expat returning to Vietnam to spread her father s ashes and to collect stories from her homeland As Maia travels through Vietnam other reasons for her return to Vietnam are revealed Thuy weaves an excellent and interesting story that keeps the reader engaged The reader encounters interesting characters beautifully written scenes and an excellent prose I have not had a book hangover in uite some time but after reading Fire Summer other books have not been able to hold my interest

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Of VOICES OF THE VIETNAM POWS WITNESSES TO THEIR FIGHTFIRE SUMMER delivers a war ravaged Vietnam rich in history folklore the tragedy of families torn asunder and the beauty of Buddhist wisdom that connects the living and dead Suspenseful Thuy Da Lam's story of Maia Trieu's journey home is an impressive debut Charles Johnson author of MIDDLE PASSAGE“Like a strip of curtain between the dead and the living FIRE SUMMER is at once ephemeral and expansive A haunting debut from a writer whose characters lovingly described pass not only through rivers and airports but also despair and separation We are ferried with them to the other side – one where the fractured are finally come home” Uzma Aslam Khan author of TRESPASSING and THINNER THAN SK. This book was beautifully written with a broad cast of interesting characters Found it a little bit hard to follow the interweaving plots of the dead and the living plus some interweaving themes and metaphors made it tricky to parse out what was real and what was not which may be the pointIt s beautiful and haunting and it might benefit from a second read

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Maia carries out what she believes is her filial role to her late father a former ARVN soldier by returning to their homeland to continue the fight for an independent Vietnam Along the way however she meets a cast of characters historical and fictional living and dead who propel her on a journey of self discovery through which she begins to understand what it means to loveA girl plucked from the high seas off Vietnam is sent as a young woman to connect with an aging guerilla faction A detective story a uest for the mythic heart of Vietnam on its stones and soil – a novel of rare beauty Robert Onopa author of THE PLEASURE TUBE'What is the shape of one's life when one's action is based on love' So asks a character in Thuy Da Lam's lyrical novel. Maia returns to Vietnam to return her father s ashes to try and figure out what happened to her mother and to contact her great aunt about starting a revolution maybe She collects a bit of an ensemble with a singer a writer and some security personal and tries to complete her goals which prove rather elusive In some ways this really reminded me of Going after Cacciato just in reverse Rather than a dreamlike journey out of Vietnam exploring the tragedies experienced by the soldiers it s a dreamlike journey into Vietnam going deeper into the country and exploring not just tragedy but also folklore and heritage Despite what seems to be some heavy subject matter there s still some good humor All in all this was a really interesting book and one I enjoyed reading I ll be keeping an eye out for future works from the author


8 thoughts on “Fire Summer

  1. says:

    Maia returns to Vietnam to return her father's ashes to try and figure out what happened to her mother and to contact her great aunt about starting a revolution maybe She collects a bit of an ensemble with a singer a writer and some security personal and tries to complete her goals which prove rather elusive In some ways this really reminded me of Going after Cacciato just in reverse Rather than a dreamlike journey ou

  2. says:

    As a heartfelt and personal dive into a visceral post war Vietnam Thuy Da Lam's Fire Summer is the kind of book that sticks in the soul Readers

  3. says:

    I heard the author speak at an event and was interested by her presentation and how she described her book so I picked it up I was not disappointed this book is excellentFire Summer follows a young expat returning to Vietnam to spread her father's ashes and to collect stories from her homeland As Maia travels through Vietnam other reasons for her return to Vietnam are revealed Thuy weaves an excellent and inter

  4. says:

    In that last hour before his body became ashes bravery dropped from her eyes each teardrop her inner voice calling across the border t

  5. says:

    “In those moments when he believed freedom could be attained in living he felt at peace”Incredibly well written with incredible characters I learned a lot of about Vietnamese culture and history as well The ending wrapped up well although somewhat unexpectedly I wish I could’ve understood the Vietnamese phrases but overall they didn’t affect my understanding of the story I can’t wait for Thuy Da Lam’s next novel

  6. says:

    This book was beautifully written with a broad cast of interesting characters Found it a little bit hard to follow the interweaving plots of the dead and the living plus some interweaving themes and metaphors made it tricky to parse

  7. says:

    Allusive Elliptical Magical A well written tale

  8. says:

    My published review of this book can be found at this link