Kim Thúy takes the reader on a journey around the globe in her novel about a young Vietnamese refugee.

Kim Thúy, translated by Sheila Fischman

The perfect complement to the exquisitely wrought novels Ru and Mãn, Canada Reads winner Kim Thúy returns with Vi, exploring the lives, loves and struggles of Vietnamese refugees as they reinvent themselves in new lands.

The youngest of four children and the only girl, Vi was given a name that meant "precious, tiny one," destined to be cosseted and protected, the family's little treasure.

Daughter of an enterprising mother and a wealthy, spoiled father who never had to grow up, the Vietnam War destroys the life they've known. Vi, along with her mother and brothers, manages to escape — but her father stays behind, leaving a painful void as the rest of the family must make a new life for themselves in Canada.

While her family puts down roots, life has different plans for Vi. As a young woman, she finds the world opening up to her. Taken under the wing of Hà, a worldly family friend, and her diplomat lover, Vi tests personal boundaries and crosses international ones, letting the winds of life buffet her. From Saigon to Montreal, from Suzhou to Boston to the fall of the Berlin Wall, she is witness to the immensity of the world, the intricate fabric of humanity, the complexity of love, the infinite possibilities before her. Ever the quiet observer, somehow she must find a way to finally take her place in the world. (From Random House Canada)

Kim Thúy also wrote the Canada Reads 2015 winner, Ru. The book was defended by Cameron Bailey.

Vi is on the longlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.


Canada Reads-winning author Kim Thuy's speaks about the contrast between Canada and Vietnam. 2:34
Kim Thuy, the author of "Vi," on her favourite characters in fiction, her greatest fear, and more. 5:49
Author Kim Thúy reflects on the events that brought her to Canada, and the meaning of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. 27:30

Other books by Kim Thúy