Short Girls

Short Girls A mesmerizing novel about estranged sisters and the cultural and family history that binds themVan and Linny Luong are as baffling to each other as their parents Vietnamese legacy is to them both Van

  • Title: Short Girls
  • Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
  • ISBN: 9780670020812
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A mesmerizing novel about estranged sisters and the cultural and family history that binds themVan and Linny Luong are as baffling to each other as their parents Vietnamese legacy is to them both Van, the quintessential overachiever, has applied the same studied diligence to her law career and marriage a beau id al that vaporized when Mr Right walked out Linny pretty,A mesmerizing novel about estranged sisters and the cultural and family history that binds themVan and Linny Luong are as baffling to each other as their parents Vietnamese legacy is to them both Van, the quintessential overachiever, has applied the same studied diligence to her law career and marriage a beau id al that vaporized when Mr Right walked out Linny pretty, fashionable, untethered is grasping for purpose when her affair with a married man takes a humiliating turn Each is the last person her sister would call, but when Mr Luong summons them home for his American citizenship party, Van and Linny find themselves communing about their past their late mother, their father s obsession with his Luong Arm invention, even the irony of their romantic straits As these unlikely confidantes chart the uncertainty that defines them, they forge a tentative new relationship and the wherewithal to overcome disappointment Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a writer to watch, a tremendous talent, Nguyen recasts her gifts marvelously in this first novel, infusing it with humor, compassion, and insight into siblings, aging parents, and the desires and ambitions that drive us.

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    1. When reading the book, I sometimes had the urge to scream at the submission of some character: "This is so stupid. Why did she tolerate that?", but then I realized that that character is Vietnamese and I've been so familiar that that kind of submission in Vietnam. This book is helpful for me to understand what's it like to be a first-generation Vietnamese in the US.

    2. I know those of you, my friends, who have actually met me are now laughing and thinking, "Okay, not only does she choose books because the author happens to share her name, but she also must choose books because the title describes her stature -- or rather, her lack thereof." And you are so right -- that is exactly why I picked this book up! However, it didn't disappoint me. This is a story of sisters (I have none, so the dynamic always interests me) and of the immigrant experience. Van and Lin [...]

    3. I really don't know what made me check out this book from the library. Maybe it was the title, maybe it was because the whole book was white in color, maybe it was because the title seemed catchy. But after reading it, I find myself surprised at the fact that if I knew the story of the book before reading it, I would never have picked it up.This book tells the story of two Vietnamese American girls, Linny and Van, who were both born in the USA by first-generation Vietnamese immigrant parents. Va [...]

    4. I wanted to read this book even though I've read other Asian immigrant stories, just to hear a Vietnamese-American voice. The story is of 2 sisters, quite different in nature, who come together to help their dad celebrate his citizenship. The typical themes found in immigrant literature are here, but there isn't anything particularly remarkable about the way they are presented.Especially at the beginning, the story is mired in an excess of minute details. Even if you happen to be Vietnamese and [...]

    5. It's always a nice experience as someone in the Asian diaspora to read books by (and about) other members of the Asian diaspora, but this particular story was so relatable. Not just for the diaspora aspect, but also the who-the-crap-have-I-turned-into perspective as well.It was a rather surreal experience, seeing my relationship with my parents echoed in this story: my parents also rarely talked about their time in their home countries. My parents also belonged to a tightly-knit community of peo [...]

    6. Well boys and girls, girls and boys, a Sherlock Holmes moment overcomes me, and I'll share.Bich Minh Nguyen is 5.0, Just. I believe. She also write Stealing Buddha's Dinner.2 sisters - temperamental opposites, eccentric, invention-obsessed father, and a mother who died. Did I mention "this is a view of a time warp of a childhood home unaltered since their mother's death and insulated by the same Vietnamese American commuinty they grew up with." (blurb on inside cover) So it's about pitfalls, fun [...]

    7. "Short Girls" is a journey through the eyes of second-generation Vietnamese girls born in the US and struggling with their identity. Van and Linny could not be so different - the former in a failed marriage, the second engaged in a dead-end affair with a married man - yet they are going through the same travel and insecurities. If you happen to be Vietnamese and being grown in an American suburb you will find many of the details and references familiar, yet they are a bit confusing for the profa [...]

    8. A great novel about two sisters who were never close to begin with, but find during their own moments of crisis they have only each other to turn to. Told in alternating points of view, Nguyen masters each of their voices. We see the same events happen in two different perspectives, a reminder that this is the case in life often: there is more than one side to every story. Their father, who understands each of them about as much as they understand each other (ie, not at all) is who brings them t [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this book. Beautiful metaphors and deep, not-held-back feelings, experiences, and reactions. Maybe I felt more attached to this book because it is a sliver of the Asian American experience, but I found myself relating beyond race and with the relationship of two sisters having a sister myself. I liked that every other chapter was focusing on every other sister, although some cliff hangers made me want to speed read through just to get to the next one. Overall [...]

    10. This is the story of the daughters of Vietnamese immigrants. They struggle with their relationship as sisters, with their parents, and their connection to their Vietnamese roots. The storyline is similar to a simple soap opera, but that being said I found the writing to be good and the story sort of mesmerizing. I couldn't say why, and while I'm glad I read the book, it's not one that was so memorable that I would recommend it.

    11. I wanted to like this book more, but I was just too frustrated with the characters. I wanted to scream at the horrible passive behavior of the women in this book toward the men in their lives. I guess it was a story about 2 sisters, but even in the end it just didn't feel like they really truly related to each other. I was disappointed in the unresolved feeling the ending had in general.

    12. A story of a Vietnamese immigrant family in modern day. I like the look into the immigrant parents' lives as well as the american raised daughters' different styles of coping with difference and assimilation.

    13. This was North Park University's "One Book, One School" selection when Laura was a freshman. I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it!Powerful story that gets inside the immigrant experienceme beautiful insights.

    14. A novel featuring two sisters in a Vietnamese family, transplanted to the USA. My first Vietnamese themed novel. Recommended. see full review on my blog. thebooksmithblog.wordpress

    15. For immigration lawyer Van, life takes a spin after her husband announces unceremoniously, “I don’t want to live with you anymore.” She’s spent a long time feeling settled, comfortable and, in her words, “chosen” by Miles Oh, a successful, charismatic and handsome Asian-American who exudes a confidence and poise that Van herself has never felt. Losing him, as she does on page one, is like losing a limb.Off in Chicago, Van’s younger sister Linny Luong has troubles of her own — nam [...]

    16. I listened to this for a book group and it was, in my opinion, a little awful. The narrator was frustratingly hard to listen to, with an over-exaggerated Ohio/Michigan accent that honestly made me want to record myself to ensure I don't sound like that. The plot line was easy enough to follow and the concept was generally solid, but the characters were just so staid and predictable. Describing the father to my wife, she laughed and said he sounds exactly like all immigrant parents. I can't attes [...]

    17. Bich Minh Nguyen's Short Girls is a story of Vietnamese, second-generation immigrants Linny and Van Luong and their family. Their father, a loner and inventor, holding them at arms length, and their familial history is obscured by stories and silence. The story is broken into alternating chapters about each young woman, though written in a point of view that is more like an observer with each woman's inner thoughts are revealed -- much of this complaints or observations about how different they [...]

    18. “Short Girls” at it’s surface is a story about two Vietnamese American sisters, specifically their relationships with men and with their family. I had not picked the book up with the intention to relate to it in any way. I don’t necessarily read to relate, I read to be entertained. But I was impressed with how many aspects of the novel rang true in my own life as someone with parents who were born in other countries and had to learn to navigate America in a way I generally take for grant [...]

    19. So much potential, not a good enough execution. Even though I didn't really care for the author's 'Pioneer Girl' I was curious about this book. At first I really liked the story of two grown sisters who live in the US Midwest and navigate being first-generation children of Vietnamese immigrants who fled the Vietnam War. Each Linny and Van have their own issues with where they are in life, their romantic adventures, how they related to each other, as well as their father, whose story is presumabl [...]

    20. Nguyen explores the alienation of the Asian-American woman simultaneously weaving in stories of marriage and failure and loss. You know, your standard fun summer reading. All of the characters have a victim complex even though they are all perfectly capable of success. They are all brought down by such insurmountable and cruel obstacles as sovereign nations wanting to maintain secure borders and being short - which wouldn't be a problem if white folk didn't cruelly insist on being so darned tall [...]

    21. When I read the blurb on the back of this book, it sounded interesting. I like stories about immigrants. So, when I started reading it, I had high hopes.The story started off well enough. I enjoyed the interplay between the parents and their daughters. But, somewhere about 50 pages in it got bogged down with Van's relationship with Myles. It got too much into the history of both girls and their relationships, so much so that it interfered with the story. Their problems were established pretty ea [...]

    22. This book slipped in. Sometimes that happens. I don't necessarily have to be in a bookstore where I fight the urge to actually buy a book. This time I made a quick stop at the free library at the clubhouse. It works on the take a book, leave a book premise. I found Short Girls in the drop off bin. I've had the pleasure of traveling to Vietnam and I have some very good Vietnamese friends. I love their food, their culture, their stories. This book sounded interesting. I'm also bogged down in an ep [...]

    23. book talks about a lot of things relevant to asian americans (it will depend , of course, on your gender/sex/specific combination of asian american). in my case i'm a 4th-gen jp am, 2.5/3-gen taiwanese-am, and irish (but not at all white-passing)for one, height - shortness - how this can impact immigrants adjusting to the more tall-supremacy-focused america - looked at through the father character and the two daughters also addresses problematic aspects of chinese-american masculinity that i hav [...]

    24. This book gives a good picture of what it is like to be a young woman in a family that has emigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam. Lack of communication is at the heart of this book. Two sisters and their father circle around one another, briefly touching but never stopping long enough to sit down and really talk. They each deal alone with their heartbreaks and fears. The characters are beautifully described: the immigrant father who believes that he will finally strike it rich with his inventions, [...]

    25. I read Stealing Buddha's Dinner a few months ago, and really enjoyed the lushness of Nguyen's writing on childhood, food envy, the immigrant experience- one of my favorite topics. I read Short Girls in one sitting, not because the storyline or the writing necessitated it! But more so because the writing felt so easy to be with, not heavy-handed. Also I felt like I knew so much of what she was talking about, especially the Asian once-over. I think that quality made the book a solid read- I felt l [...]

    26. So far I am really enjoying this book. The book is set primarily in the Greater Grand Rapids area, although at times the geographical references are way off. It is an interesting read about two sisters, who are first generation Americans. It delves into the culture of the Vietnamese families as they struggle with their lives in America, specifically the midwest. As a person from Grand Rapids, I really struggled with some of the geographical references. I think that if you are going to make the l [...]

    27. From the review on my blog ourowncorner/poohsden/The title of the book called my attention at the Singapore Library. This book by Bich Nguyen is about a Vietnamese family in the US. Identity crisis, US-born Vietnamese and along with the petite status tag along.Sisters, Van and Linny Luong are day and night. Van is the studious one – married and living a dream till her husband decides to walk away. Linny drops out of college and is in a relationship with a married man. Their lives are far apart [...]

    28. This was a nice read: upbeat, honest, contemporary, not too serious. "Short Girls" revolves around the relationship between two 2nd generation Vietnamese-American sisters in their 20s (I would stop short of calling this chick-lit, but beware the love-lives of the two sisters are central). The story zig-zags between the POV of the sisters in a tag-team narration that stays on a linear course. I would probably try to sneak this into the beach reading of someone that I thought could use some hearti [...]

    29. I picked this up because I was interested in how Nguyen would make the transition from a memoir to a novel. Unfortunately, this book was just as unimpressive as "Stealing Buddha's Dinner." The book did start to pick up near the end, where I actually started caring about the characters, even if they were flat and two-dimensional, but there's very little action in this book. I was hoping for more, instead of long, drawn out explanations for things that the average reader would understand. It suffe [...]

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