Vietnamese author Dr Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s Dust Child tackles the difficult subject of Amerasian children, left behind when the American military fled after the Vietnam War.
In this, Quế Mai’s second novel past and present come together. In 1969, we follow the story of two sisters Trang and Quỳnh becoming ‘bar girls’ in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and today, those searching to reclaim their stories.
With debut novel The Mountains Sing, Quế Mai became the first Vietnamese citizen to have fiction published in English to international acclaim. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai will be at Auckland Writers Festival in May