The Mountains Sing




A New York Times Editors' Choice

A Best Book of the month/season: The New York Times * The Washington Post * O, The Oprah Magazine * USA Today * Real Simple * Book Riot * Paperback Paris * She Reads * We Are Bookish

A Most-Anticipated Book of the Year: Library Journal * Lit Hub * The Week * She Reads * The Buzz Magazine *The Millions * Publishers Weekly 

A Best Historical Fiction book, voted by Buzzfeed Books and Goodreads

"Quế Mai contains her saga with a poet’s discipline... and uplifts it with a poet’s antenna for beauty in the most desolate circumstances. She evokes the landscape hauntingly, as a site of loss so profound it assumes the quality of fable."—The New York Times Book Review 

"A luminous, complex family narrative ... Quế Mai [has] an astute and graceful ability to sustain contradictory truths about war, displacement, aesthetic representations, and human nature."—NPR

"Quế Mai's text is embroidered with poetic phrasings... The book is distinctly Vietnamese."— Washington Independent Review of Books

"The Mountains Sing is the missing narrative of the American War in Vietnam."—The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Stunning...filled with vivid characters and evocative depictions of the Vietnamese landscapes, both urban and rural... There’s an important Vietnam War history lesson embedded here, as well, one that is not often available to American readers..."— The Vietnam Veterans of America Book Review 

"An epic account of Việt Nam's painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling... moving and riveting... " —VIET THANH NGUYEN, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

"The Mountains Sing is a feat of hope, an unflinchingly felt inquiry into the past, with the courageous storytelling of the present." —OCEAN VUONG, MacArthur Award-winning bestselling author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

"Nguyễn writes of Vietnamese history with such understanding and humanity that one can easily argue for The Mountains Sing’s status as the great Vietnamese novel of our time."— DiaCRITICS 

“A sweeping tale of one family's shifting fortunes...  Invitingly and gracefully told... A richly imagined story of severed bonds amid conflict.” — Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

“[A] lyrical, sweeping debut novel... This brilliant, unsparing love letter to Vietnam will move readers.”— Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Nguyen displays a lush and captivating storyteller’s gift as she effortlessly transports readers to another world, leaving them wishing for more..." — Library Journal Starred Review

"One of the most moving, and fundamentally eye-opening, novels I feel I will read in my lifetime."— The Nerd Daily

"A stunning work of historical fiction that lays bare history long forgotten."— Paperback Paris

"Beautiful, heartbreaking and utterly essential... " — Saigoneer Bookshelf

"[A] panoramic epic … this book brings to life a crucial part of Vietnamese history from within. Your heart will not leave this book untouched.” — Lit Hub

"...a beautiful evocation of a lost world." — The Paris Review

"A mesmerizing, devastating, searing and utterly authentic and deeply human novel. Cannot recommend highly enough!"—LYNN NOVICK, Co-producer of The Vietnam War documentary.