Born in Saigon and raised on Boston's north shore, Quan Barry is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of four poetry books; her third book, Water Puppets, won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was a PEN/Open Book finalist. She has received NEA Fellowships in both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in such publications as Ms. and The New Yorker. Barry lives in Wisconsin.
"Haunting and beautiful. . . . A deft mix of folklore, magical realism and stories of struggle." --Los Angeles Times
"Fascinating. . . . [A] deeply affecting novel." --The New
York Times Book Review "Possesses the poetic heft of Jayne Anne
Phillips's Lark and Termite and a rawness that is somehow
beautiful, as in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried."
--The Boston Globe
"The great beauty of Quan Barry's novel is in its transcendence . . . its attention to all the stories, whose sum is not darkness but light, not death but life." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "Lyrical, luminous, and suspenseful. . . . Rendered with shocking clarity and pathos on the page. . . . This is a Vietnam of myriad faces, myriad aspects, beautiful and terrible all at once." --Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award-winning author of Salvage the Bones "Magnificent. . . . With a deep sensory intelligence that grounds the characters in their landscape and a prose style that elevates their lives into myth, this is not only a good or moving or surprising book but an essential one." --Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
"Barry's absorbing debut paints a vivid, complex portrait of a land and an era that often elude American understanding." --Marie Claire
"Mesmerizing. . . . [Barry] writes with stunning language, which carries the novel and elevates moments of heartbreak, despair, and perseverance." --Publishers Weekly
"Fierce, stunning, and devastating. Readers haunted by . . . Chang-rae Lee's A Gesture Life, and Tan Twan Eng's The Gift of Rain will revel in it." --Library Journal (starred review)
"An evocative and haunting exploration of Vietnam's painful past." --Booklist
"Beautiful, transporting. . . . A mesmerizing vista of Vietnam's recent past. . . . Pays resonant tribute to the uncounted dead below the surface of a convulsed nation." --Kirkus Reviews