The Boat

The Boat


By (author) Nam Le

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA
  • Format: Paperback | 271 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 11 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0307388190
  • ISBN 13: 9780307388193
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 46,773

Product description

The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection The Boat take us across the globe, from the slums of Colombia to Iowa City; from the streets of Tehran to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea. They guide us to the heart of what it means to be human -- and herald the arrival of a remarkable new writer.

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Author information

Nam Le was born in Vietnam, and raised in Australia. His work has appeared in "Zoetrope," "A Public Space," "One Story," "Conjunctions," and the Pushcart Prize and Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies. Currently the fiction editor of the Harvard Review, he divides his time between Australia and the United States.

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“Nam Le's lyricism and emotional urgency lend his portraits enormous visceral power. . . . A remarkable collection.” —"The New York Times" “Nam Le is extraordinary, a writer who must - who will - be heard. . . .The Boat's vision and its power are timeless.” —Mary Gaitskill “Astounding. . . . A refreshingly diverse and panoramic debut.” —"Los Angeles Times Book Review" “Extraordinarily accomplished and sophisticated. . . . Moving and unforgettable.” —"San Francisco Chronicle" “Wonderful stories that snarl and pant across our crazed world . . . . Nam Le is a heartbreaker, not easily forgotten.” —Junot Díaz “Lyrical . . . Powerful and assured. . . . [Le's] kaleidoscopic world view is on display throughout the stories, which seamlessly blend cultural traditions, accents and landscapes that run from lush to barren.” —"The Miami Herald"