A runaway bestseller in Quebec, with foreign rights sold to 15 countries
around the world, Kim Thúy's Governor General's Literary Award-winning Ru is a lullaby for Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland.
In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but
also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy's Ru is
literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of
unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite
clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an
unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded
and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec.
There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels
in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters
become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape
her love around the younger boy's autism. Moving seamlessly from past to
present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book
that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and
sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.