DescriptionLONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘A deeply humane and genre-defying work of love and uncompromising hope’ Ocean Vuong ‘I raced through it. Beautiful, brilliant’ Rebecca F. Kuang, author of Babel ‘A dazzling new talent’ Observer ‘Will shatter your heart’ Glamour ‘Powerful … a bold debut that breaks new ground’ Sunday Times
An extraordinary story of the journey of one young family through love, loss and unwavering hope.
There are the goodbyes and then the fishing out of the bodies – everything in between is speculation.
One night, not long after the last American troops leave Vietnam, siblings Anh, Thanh and Minh flee their village and embark on a perilous boat journey to Hong Kong. Their parents and four younger siblings make the crossing in another vessel but as weeks go by it becomes clear that only one party has survived the voyage.
Anh, Thanh and Minh suddenly find themselves alone in the world, without family or home. They travel on, navigating refugee camps and resettlement centres until, by a twist of fate, they arrive in Thatcher’s Britain. Here they must somehow build new lives with only each other to turn to, but will that be enough in a place that doesn’t seem to want them?
In this piercing debut, the siblings’ faltering journey is deftly interwoven with the voice of their lost younger brother, Dao, following them from a place between the living and the dead, and the records of an unknown researcher intent on gathering the strands of their story. Wandering Souls paints a heart-wrenching portrait of a family in crisis while exploring the healing power of stories.
A most anticipated book of 2023 in Vogue, AnOther Magazine, i-D, Independent, Evening Standard and Huffington Post
‘A powerful story of courage, love and unwavering hope’ Marie Claire
‘An ambitious and promising new talent’ Sharlene Teo, Guardian
‘Heartbreaking … a deeply affecting reckoning with history’ i-D
‘Tells one of the most important stories of our times’ Lucy Caldwell, author of These Days
‘Something special … Reading it is like watching a writer at work’ New York Times
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