Kim Thuy's bestselling book "Ru" now in English
Kim Thuy's RU came out in 2010 in French and won the Governor-General's award for fiction as well as a number of other prizes. It's just come out in English, in a version by award-winning translator, Sheila Fischman. RU is one woman's story of the fall of Vietnam.
It's told in short poetic vignettes that travel back and forth in time and place, like memories. It takes us from her childhood in a palatial home in Saigon to a refugee camp in Malaysia to a new life in Quebec.
Kim Thuy was born in Saigon herself, and came to Canada in 1979 at the age of 10. She spoke with Sonali Karnick in studio along with Sheila Fischman, who's opened up Kim Thuy's work to a new English audience.