Brothers and Ghosts

Khuê Phạm


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Scribe Publications
11 May 2024
ISBN: 9781915590046
272 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Daryl Lindsey and Charles Hawley

A young woman, torn between two cultures, belonging to neither.

A family, torn apart by a war they had no choice about.

Kiều calls herself Kim because it’s easier for Europeans to pronounce. She knows little about her Vietnamese family’s history until she receives a Facebook message from her estranged uncle in America, telling her that her grandmother is dying. Her father and uncle haven’t spoken since the end of the Vietnam War. One brother supported the Vietcong, while the other sided with the Americans.

When Kiều and her parents travel to America to join the rest of the family in California to open her grandmother’s will, questions relating to their past — to what has been suppressed — resurface and demand to be addressed.

‘Illuminating and unforgettable, Khuê Phạm’s Brothers and Ghosts is a house that reveals secrets behind each door: a country torn apart by colonialism and civil war, a family divided between loyalty and freedom.’ - Juhea Kim