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By Aimee Phan

A tender girl trips again to Vietnam to discover relations secrets—in this primary novel from the writer of We Should.

Cherry Truong’s older brother has been exiled to reside with far-off relations in Vietnam. As Cherry trips from la to her family’s native land to carry him again, she embarks on a quest to discover the mysteries and lies in her family’s past—hidden loves, determined offerings, and lives torn aside by means of the march of battle and currents of historical past. Spanning 3 generations, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the sweeping tales of the Truong and Vos households, their get away from Vietnam through the battle, the forces that separated them, and the binds that bind them over 3 continents. Aimee Phan’s debut novel introduces readers to a fiercely defiant kin who nonetheless yearn for reconciliation and redemption in every one other’s hearts.

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75. I found that to be outrageous. 25. The ladies crowded around the table, calling out their orders. Frank, behind the table, couldn’t keep up. His stomach brushed up against the chocolate on the top of the éclairs and stripped some off. No one noticed but me. The edges of the éclairs were now smeared and missing chocolate. I wanted one to top off the hot dog but I saw bits of Frank’s shirt fuzz captured in the remaining chocolate and just couldn’t do it. He smiled at me and winked. He thought I didn’t notice, or maybe did and he wanted me to keep quiet about it.

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