Kim Thúy discusses Mãn


Montreal author Kim Thúy gained national attention when her first novel, Ru, became a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2012. Ru was a personal novel that reflected her own experiences of fleeing the Vietnam War as a child. Thúy's novel Mãn takes things one step further. Thúy calls it her most personal work yet. The novel is about a young woman named Mãn sent from Vietnam to marry a man living in Montreal. Together, they run a restaurant. Mãn discovers her love of cooking, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities - but also challenges.

Kim Thúy was on All in a Weekend to discuss Mãn. You can listen to it in the audio player below:

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Kim Thúy on Mãn:

"I wanted to show how there are so many stories behind immigrants that we tend to forget to look at. The Vietnamese community is so quiet. They work hard, you never think that there's a story behind them. I have made this mistake myself. There are many shades of people around us which we don't take the time to look into. This book is about that. The next time you meet an immigrant or a person from abroad working in some restaurant, take some time to talk to them."

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