VIRTUAL EVENT: Phuc Tran and Que Mai Phan Nguyen

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In Cover Image

Join us on Zoom on Saturday May 16th at 12:00pm PDT for a books and brunch virtual event with Phuc Tran! Phuc wiill be discussing his new memoir Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In with Que Mai Phan Nguyen. 

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Praise for Sigh, Gone

“The United States was already a better country because Phuc Tran refused to change his name. Then he went even further in changing this country by giving us this bold, funny, and profane memoir: a portrait of a young punk refugee and of heartland America itself, each of them as defiant and compelling as the other.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of Pulitzer-Prize winning The Sympathizer and The Refugees

"I like to think that had I been born a much cooler, male, Vietnamese version of myself, Sigh, Gone is the book I would have written. This glorious memoir is a reminder of the transformative power of literature and a tribute to friendships, music, and the unique kindness of Americans. I loved it!" —Firoozeh DumasNew York Times bestselling author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without An Accent

"I started reading this book and couldn’t stop. Phuc Tran has written the Great American Nerd-Punk Boyhood Memoir, a story that’s rollicking and laugh-out-loud funny while also offering a piercingly profound look at race, the challenges of assimilation, and the inherently defiant act of growing up. Earnest, observant, and diamond-sharp, this is a new voice of unmistakable talent. I’ll follow this writer anywhere." —Sara Corbett, coauthor of New York Times best-selling A House in the Sky

About Sigh, Gone

For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature.

In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such as The MetamorphosisThe Scarlet LetterThe Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, and teenage rebellion, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents.

Appealing to fans of coming-of-age memoirs such as Fresh Off the Boat, Running with Scissors, or tales of assimilation like Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Displaced and The Refugees, Sigh, Gone explores one man’s bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the ‘80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes—and ultimately saves—him.

 

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250194718
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Flatiron Books - April 21st, 2020

For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature.


The Mountains Sing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616208189
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Algonquin Books - March 17th, 2020

A Best Book of the Month/Season: The New York Times * The Washington Post * O, The Oprah Magazine * USA TodayReal Simple * Amazon PopSugar * Book Riot * Paperback Paris * She Reads We Are Bookish

"[An] absorbing, stirring novel . . .


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