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Book Title: The Trader of Saigon|
ISBN 13: 9781782063216
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.81 MB
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The author of the book: Lucy Cruickshanks
Edition: Heron Books
Date of issue: July 4th 2013
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In the chaos and corruption of post-civil war Vietnam, three seemingly unconnected lives are brought together in greed, fear and hope.
As a US Army deserter, Alexander is a man without country; stuck in a life he no longer controls and embroiled in the dark business of trading women. His latest victim is Hanh, a poor rural girl living in Hanoi who dreams to escaping the inevitability of an impoverished future and for whom Alexander’s arrival seems like the answer to a prayer. Neither of them has ever met Phuc - a Vietnamese businessman who backed the wrong side in the war and is now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the Party. But his struggles are about to change both their lives.
This fascinating tale of redemption and salvation in a post-war society is a thrilling and explosive debut novel.
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Author of THE TRADER OF SAIGON (2013) and THE ROAD TO RANGOON (Sept 2015). Published by Quercus.
Lucy Cruickshanks’ love of travel inspires her writing. A great fan of the underdog, she’s drawn to countries with troubled recent histories, writing about periods of time when societies are at their most precarious and fraught with risk. She’s fascinated by their uniqueness and moral ambiguity, and in capturing the people who must navigate them.
Her debut novel, The Trader of Saigon, began life after she sat beside a man on a flight who made his fortune selling women. It was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, longlisted for the Waverton Goodread Award and named a Top Ten Book of 2013 by The Bookbag.
Patricia Highsmith, Amitav Ghosh and George Orwell have all influenced Lucy’s writing, but her favourite books are Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
Lucy was born in 1984 and raised in Cornwall, UK. She holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She lives on the south coast of England and divides her time between writing and caring for her young family.
PRAISE FOR THE TRADER OF SAIGON
"Compelling and involving... ingenious" (The Guardian)
"Authentic, beautiful and highly accomplished; all novels should aspire to be this good" (The Bookbag)
“Cruickshanks has created a gripping tale that is complex and profound. Beautifully written and immensely atmospheric – this is a compelling story that will touch your heart” (Kate Furnivall)
"Powerful, pacy, vivid and involving." (Isabel Wolff)
“Dark, vivid and deeply unsettling.” (Matthew Plampin)
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