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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bich Minh Nguyen Narrator: Alice H. Kennedy Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Van and Linny Luong are temperamental opposites. Diligent, unassuming Van has found her calling as an immigration lawyer in the Midwestern suburbs, but no one knows that her picture-perfect marriage has suddenly evaporated. Her younger sister, Linny, fashion-forward and socially adept, lives in Chicago where she has drifted into a dead-end affair with a married man. Though both women feel untethered and burdened by a secret, they’ve never been able to confide in each other.

But then, after nearly thirty years in the US, their eccentric, invention-obsessed father decides to take the citizenship oath—a rite of passage he hopes will improve the prospects of his most prized creation, the “Luong Arm,” an instrument to help short people grasp objects that are out of reach. When Van and Linny reluctantly heed the summons home they end up having to plan a celebration for him, replete with cha gio egg rolls and encounters with old friends from years past.

In the time warp of a childhood home unaltered since their mother’s death and insulated by the same Vietnamese American community they grew up with, Van and Linny find they are bound by much more than the duties of culture and family history, or their aging father’s demands and whims. As they chart the uncertainty that has defined them, as well as the bitter irony of their romantic straits, Van and Linny discover in their common cause a new, enduring connection that sees them through the host of surprises to come.

Bich Minh Nguyen was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a writer to watch, a tremendous talent” for her debut memoir, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, and her charm and shrewd powers of observation are on brilliant display here in her first novel. By turns deeply moving, wickedly urbane, and utterly entertaining, Short Girls chronicles the pitfalls and triumphs that govern all family lives. Nguyen’s insights into the complexities of duty, culture, and ambition often shared by the children of immigrants make Van and Linny’s story fresh and unforgettable—a true American tale for our time.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/15/2014

    " I loved Bich Minh Nguey's memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner and was excited to read her first novel. It did not disappoint. Here is the story of two second-generation Vietnamese women in America, sisters who drew apart from one another in high school when one became the studious book nerd, the other the popular pretty one. Now adults, one's marriage is falling apart while the other is carrying on an affair with a married man. Both sisters come home to celebrate their eccentric and difficult father's citizenship party, where they reconnect. Great characters, believable plot, satisfying read overall. I look forward to more of Nguyen's ficiton. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marvin | 2/11/2014

    " Not much of a plot here--two young women, Vietnamese American sisters ("short girls) with sharply contrasting personalities in Ann Arbor, Michigan, & Chicago, address their failed relationships with men, their father (near Grand Rapids, Michigan), & each other--& there's not much else to recommend it, either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susie | 1/27/2014

    " I liked this because I am one. And I want a luong arm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gen | 1/19/2014

    " -4.5 stars "

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