Vietnamese writer Nguyen Phan Que Mai has published eleven books of poetry and non fiction in Vietnamese, and now for the first time - a novel in English.
The Mountains Sing is a sweeping family saga of a Vietnamese family enduring hardships across the tumultuous 20th century.
It focusses on the stories of two women - a grandmother and granddaughter- and is based on some of her own family's experiences.
Nguyen Phan Que Mai was born in Vietnam in 1973 and grew up witnessesing the devastation of war in her country. She worked as street seller and rice famer before winning a scholarship to an Australian university.