(Algonquin, 368 pp., $16.95.) "With a poet's antenna for beauty in the most desolate circumstances," our reviewer, Gaiutra Bahadur, wrote, Que Mai ... Rich in proverb and tradition, The Mountains Sing is a Vietnamese love song - a beautiful account of hope and perseverance, written as a memorial, not only for Việt Nam, but for the life of a devoted mother, devout caretaker, and above all else, a survivor. Forty-five years after the end of the war, The Mountains Sing presents a unique view of those left behind, showing the damage inflicted on a nation by an ideological promise quickly eclipsed by greed and power. Political differences cause an uneasy friction between members of the central family, but as details are revealed, it is evident that they have a common goal of freedom, while the ... With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and the haunting beauty of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, The Mountains Sing tells the enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, intimate, lyrical and bursting with life. The Mountains Sing is an epic, multi-generational narrative that traces the arc of Vietnam's turbulent and painful twentieth century history as Que Mai gracefully weaves together the timeline of four generations of the Tran family—beginning during the Communist Land Reform of the 1950s and extending through the aftermath of the American bombing of Ha Noi in the early 1970s. One of the most acclaimed novels of the year, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War.
"Quế Mai opens a window into the other side of a controversial war, and we would do well to consider the lessons her characters teach." The Seattle Book Review "A terrifying, melancholic and achingly beautiful ... A roman a clef, "The Mountains Sing" chronicles the multi-generational travails of a Vietnamese clan in a country riven by conflict -- including the most obvious one. Set against the backdrop of the Vi Et Nam War, The Mountains Sing is the enveloping, multi-generational tale of the Tran family, perfect for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko or Vaddey Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan. H Noi, 1972. The Mountains Sing - Destination Summary & Analysis Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai This Study Guide consists of approximately 62 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Mountains Sing. In The Mountains Sing, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has created a luminous, complex family narrative that spans nearly a century of Vietnamese history, from the French colonial period through the communist... THE MOUNTAINS SING, by Nguyen Phan Que Mai.