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Best We Could Do : An Illustrated Memoir

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This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: while adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent - the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity and the meaning of home. In what Pulitzer Prize - winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls "a book to break your heart and heal it," The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui's journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 175 x 234 x 34mm | 960g
  • Abrams
  • Abrams Comicarts
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2-colour illustrations throughout
  • 1419718770
  • 9781419718779
  • 13,898

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" Thi Bui's debut interweaves an account of her own life in the US with her parents' coming-of-age in, and eventual escape from, Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s. [...] Yet this is not a book without hope. The Best We Can Do shows that empathy trumps hate, fear and cruelty." Times Higher Education Supplement

"...explore life for those displaced by the Vietnam war with great subtlety." The Observer
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About Thi Bui

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and law and thought about becoming a civil rights lawyer, but became a public school teacher instead. Bui lives in Berkeley, California, with her son, her husband and her mother. The Best We Could Do is her debut graphic novel.
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