We Should Never Meet

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Aimee Phan

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Compelling, moving, and beautifully written, the interlinked stories that make up We Should Never Meet alternate between Saigon before the city's fall in 1975 and present-day "Little Saigon" in Southern California---exploring the reverberations of the Vietnam War in a completely new light.

Intersecting the lives of eight characters across three decades and two continents, these stories dramatize the events of Operation Babylift, the U.S.-led evacuation of thousands of Vietnamese orphans to America just weeks before the fall of Saigon. Unwitting reminders of the war, these children were considered bui doi, the dust of life, and faced an uncertain, dangerous existence if left behind in Vietnam.

Four of the stories follow the saga of one orphan's journey from the points-of-view of a teenage mother, a duck farmer and a Catholic nun from the Mekong Delta, a social worker in Saigon, and a volunteer doctor from America. The other four take place twenty years later and chronicle the lives of four Vietnamese orphans now living in America: Kim, an embittered Amerasian searching for her unknown mother; Vinh, her gang member ex-boyfriend who preys on Vietnamese families; Mai, an ambitious orphan who faces her emancipation from the American foster-care system; and Huan, an Amerasian adopted by a white family, who returns to Vietnam with his adoptive mother.

We Should Never Meet is one of those rare books that truly takes an original look at the human condition---and marks the exciting debut of a major new writer for our time.

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MISS LIENLIEN WAS FIGHTING THEM again. Clawing at their arms, kicking her feet, pushing them away.Go get the boy. This one is strong.She rolled her head from one side to the other. Her skin was slick, sweat squeezing from every pore in her body, but there were still so many hands holding her down. Lien tried to focus on the ceiling. She knew it was dark cement, she remembered that from several hours earlier, but all she saw were bright blues and purples, growing lighter and lighter.Push. Push now.She tried to do what they said, she knew it would make the pain stop.

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Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan was born in 1977 in Orange County, Californuia, and now teaches in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship.

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We Should Never Meet
Stories
Aimee Phan

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St. Martin's Press
November 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429941983
ISBN10: 1429941987
256 pages
$7.99

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Picador
November 2005
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ISBN: 9780312322670
ISBN10: 0312322674
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$17.00
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