KML Books and Beyond Series

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As part of our new ongoing “Books & Beyond Series,” Kent Memorial Library is delighted to announce a book discussion with award winning author Phan Qué̂ Mai Nguyẽn on Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Qué̂ Mai is a Vietnamese poet, author, journalist and writing teacher. She will be talking to us about her book all the way from Jakarta, Indonesia, where she currently resides.

Qué̂ Mai’s newest book and first novel in English, The Mountains Sing, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice award winner and was voted a best new historical fiction novel by Goodreads users. “[An] absorbing, stirring novel . . . that, in more than one sense, remedies history.” —The New York Times Book Review

The story takes place in Vietnam and tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family. Tran Dieu was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform in the 1950s. Years later in Hanoi, her granddaughter, Huong comes of age as her parents and uncles head off to fight in a conflict that will tear not just her beloved country, but her family, apart. The book is tragic, courageous, beautiful and hopeful all in one.

We will also be raffling off two signed copies of The Mountains Sing.

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Call 860-668-3896 and a Zoom link will be sent the day before the program.

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