Quiet As They Come is a beautiful, brutal and humorous portrait of ordinary people caught between two cultures. Set in San Francisco from the 1980s to the present day, this debut collection explores the lives of Vietnamese immigrants as they struggle to adjust to life in their new country. As a result of history and circumstances, three families are forced to share a Victorian house in San Francisco's Sunset District. With one family to each bedroom, each closet brims with desire and suppression, secrets from the past, and dreams for the future. While some are able to survive and assimilate, others are crushed by the false promise of the “American Dream.” As the families branch out, their lives illuminate the distinctive struggle of refugees; people who have found shelter yet continually search for home. You will never be able to forget the people you meet in this unforgettable collection.
Angie gives an overview of the book:
Angie Chau was born in Vietnam. She has lived in Vietnam, Malaysia, Italy, Spain, Kauai, and in Southern and Northern Calilfornia. She earned a BA in Southeast Asian Culture and Political Economy (ISF) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's...