Quiet as They Come is a collection of short interlinked stories about families told by author Angie Chau. The stories are based in San Francisco, California and date from the 1980’s until the present. This book highlights families torn between two cultures, America and Vietnam; some of the characters are able to adjust to their new life in America – others find it more challenging.
After the fall of Saigon in 1975 thousands of Vietnamese immigrants came to the USA – to places like San Francisco and Orange County – or elsewhere if foster families were available. Chau skillfully brings some of these characters to life – these are real people of which a number have experienced painful losses in former lives yet hold on to their dreams. The interactions between characters often highlight the difficulties these Vietnamese immigrants experienced in America and cultural differences that invariably are a part of the adjustment to a new life in a new land.
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