Quiet As They Come by Angie Chau

In Quiet As They Come  (Ig Publishing, 200 pp., $15.95, paper), Angie Chau makes her Vietnamese characters come alive in all eleven brilliant stories. I shed tears for the pain in each story, especially when a well-meaning, hardworking Vietnamese got brutalized or crushed by the weight of pursuing the American Dream.

Every Vietnam veteran should read this beautiful and brutal collection of stories about the struggles of Vietnamese in America—folks we called Boat People, the people some of us called “gooks” or worse when we were stomping our big American feet on them and their culture during the American War in Vietnam where we were assigned to win their hearts and minds while we were stopping the spread of communism.

The author’s web site is www.angiechau.com

—David Willson