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From the internationally bestselling author of THE MOUNTAINS SING, a suspenseful and moving saga about family secrets, hidden trauma, and the overriding power of forgiveness. Told in the voices of two Vietnamese sisters, an American veteran, as well as the child of a Black American soldier and a Vietnamese woman, DUST CHILD tells an unforgettable and immersive story of how those who inherited tragedy can redefine their destinies through love, hard-earned wisdom, compassion, courage, and joy.  




*A Most Anticipated Book at:

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*A Best Book of the Month voted by Library Journal.


“Achingly honest and ultimately hopeful; essential reading for U.S. audiences."— Library Journal starred review


"Dazzling. Sharply drawn and hauntingly beautiful."Elif Shafak, Women's Prize shortlist author of The Island of Missing Trees


""Another triumph! Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai will win many more readers with her powerful and deeply empathetic second novel. A heartbreaking tale of lost ideals, human devotion, and hard-won redemption."—Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer


"Quế Mai shows us the capacity we hold to confront our pasts, for the purpose of life is not to remain intact, but to break open, to let loss be a guide, to face the echoes of longing. In Dust Child, rupture leads to emotional richness and pain creates the pathways worth walking. I truly cannot wait for the rest of the world to celebrate this book."Chanel Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Know My Name


"A heartbreaking, beautifully told, utterly unique story of love, loss, and longing that speaks to the very heart of the human experience."—Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars


"With her generous heart and unmatched ability to write across languages and cultures, Quế Mai is the perfect guide for the wounded who search for home and healing." Thi Bui, American Book Award-winning author of The Best We Could Do 


"Well-researched, realistic, and compassionately written. This eye-opening and fascinating novel is a must-read!"Le Ly Hayslip, bestselling author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places 


 "Quế Mai is one of the most unique storytellers of our time. In Dust Child, she displays the same tenderness and compassion for her characters, hard-earned understanding of human trauma, and poetically evocative language that made her debut novel The Mountains Sing an international bestseller beloved around the world."Natalie Jenner, internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society and Bloombury Girls


"Once again, Quế Mai has written a beautiful novel that shines a light on the history of Vietnam. Dust Child is simply stunning."Eric Nguyen, author of Things We Lost To The Water


"A powerful and moving story, brilliantly told." Robert Mason, New York Times bestselling author of Chickenhawk


“Rewarding… with a cinematic clarity.”—Publishers Weekly


"Stirring ... a page turner and sheds light on a neglected subject." Kirkus Review


"Quế Mai is a wordsmith of the best kind: one that brings together people across continents, cultures and languages with the power of her pen and her stories. She is the ultimate Peace Ambassador. Read her books and you will know exactly what I mean.” Marianne Reiner, La Playa Books

Dust Child just blew me away. This incredible story of the fate of Amerasian children of war is sad, full of hope and redemption. It is beyond good and will break your heart with love.” Annie Philbrick, Owner of Bank Square Books, Savoy Bookshop & Cafe, and Title IX  Bookstore.

"This novel stands out with its complexity and empathy toward Vietnamese and American peoples involved in the Việt Nam War. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down."Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, author of This Is All I Choose To Tell


Nguyễn creates, in her luminous prose, a gripping and nuanced narrative of men and women caught in the web of war and its aftermath.”Steven DeBonis, author of Children of the Enemy


"With great compassion, with a firm conviction in the redeeming power of love and forgiveness, and with the consummate skill of a great story-teller, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai weaves us into the lives, past and present, of those called “the dust of life”—the ostracized, mixed-race children of American soldiers; their mothers, compelled by war into prostitution, and their fathers, the G.I.’s who abandoned them and yet remained haunted by them."Wayne Karlin, author of Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Việt Nam.  


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