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This deeply observed novel of contemporary Vietnam interweaves stories of a venerable soup seller, a young Vietnamese American curator, and an enterprising tour guide in ways that will mark all of their lives forever.

Maggie, an art curator who is Vietnamese by birth but who has lived most of her life in the United States, has returned to her country of origin in search of clues to her dissident father’s disappearance. She remembers him only in fragments, as an injured artist from whom she and her mother were separated during the war. In her journey, Maggie finds herself at a makeshift pho stall, where the rich aroma of beef noodle soup lures people off Hanoi's busy streets and into a quiet morning ritual.

Old Man Hung, the enlightened proprietor of the beloved pho stall, has survived decades of poverty and political upheaval. Hung once had a shop that served as a meeting place for dissident artists, and Maggie discovers that the old man may hold the key to both her past and her future.

Among Hung’s most faithful customers is Tu’, a dynamic young tour guide who works for a company called New Dawn. Tu’ leads tourists through the city, including American vets on war tours, but he has begun to wonder what they are seeing of Vietnam—and what they miss entirely. In Maggie, he finds a young Americanized woman in search of something quite different, leading him beyond his realm of expertise. In sensual, interwoven narratives, Maggie, Hung, and Tu’ come together in a highly charged season that will mark all of them forever.

The Beauty of Humanity Movement is a skillfully wrought novel about the reverberation of conflict through generations, the enduring legacy of art, and the redemption and renewal of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gibb’s fictional portrait of contemporary Vietnam should be essential reading for anyone mulling a visit to Hanoi, whose profusion of motorbike traffic and culinary aromas issues from these pages with graphic verisimilitude. Gibb uses the city’s street food and thriving art scene to reflect both continuity and change.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Camilla Gibb drapes her story over good strong bones—characters (including the grandson of a poet friend of Hung’s) that span several generations, the nobility of the artists in contrast to the war and its political players. But the true beauty of the novel radiates from the details—the smell of the soup, the feeling of the early-morning streets, the sense of community in poverty, and the community woven by memories.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Gibb has made a loving, wise, tender, dreamy, and insightful work of fiction about a loosely linked group of ordinary citizens trying to make the most in contemporary Hanoi.”


  • “Gibb ties the strands of the narrative together...with care, with gentleness, and with reality. She employs all the senses to create a vivid aesthetic tapestry. Seeing such hope in the face of such adversity is uplifting.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Jennifer Ikeda is a good choice for a novel that needs an Asian sensibility to subtly dramatize the action...[She] manages history, description, and a fair amount of cultural explanation deftly, keeping the listener’s interest.”


  • “Through the very different perspectives of these three, Gibb fluidly takes the reader from the bitter years of war to the Hanoi that has emerged in the reform era, which, despite all its modernization, is still a mystery to many of us.”


  • “Well written and engaging, with characters that represent the participants and consequences of a country in the middle of great change, this work is recommended where [Amy] Tan and similar authors are appreciated.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the April 2011 Indie Next List
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About the Author
Author Camilla Gibb

Camilla Gibb was born in London and grew up in Toronto. She has a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford, for which she conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia. Her novels, Mouthing the Words, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award in 2000, and The Petty Details of So-and-So’s Life have been published in eighteen countries and translated into fourteen languages, receiving rave reviews all around the world. She is one of twenty-one writers on the Orange Futures List—a list of young writers to watch, compiled by the jury of the prestigious Orange Prize. She serves as vice president of PEN Canada and is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto.