"If you're going to bomb a country, his roommate in U-Tapao said, you should at least drink its beer."-"The Americans"
Vietnamese-American writer Viet Thanh Nguyen first novel, "The Refugees," was one of the most impressive debuts in recent memories and his second book, a collection of short stories, confirms that he is a vital and distinctive new voice. In my opinion, we're in a twilight of the white male writers moment (All you Jonathans can just retire.) and the future of American fiction belongs to writers like Nguyen, who can approach culture from multiple perspectives and experiences. All the stories here are about both figurative and literal exiles.