House of Sticks by Ly Tran audiobook

House of Sticks: A Memoir

By Ly Tran
Read by Ly Tran

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501118814

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797124629

  • ISBN: 9781797124612

Runtime: 11.27 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Vogue Pick of Best New Books

An Indie Next List Pick of the Month

An intimate, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir recounting a young girls journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens, and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectations.

Ly Tran is just a toddler in 1993 when she and her family immigrate from a small town along the Mekong river in Vietnam to a two-bedroom railroad apartment in Queens. Ly’s father, a former lieutenant in the South Vietnamese army, spent nearly a decade as a POW, and their resettlement is made possible through a humanitarian program run by the US government. Soon after they arrive, Ly joins her parents and three older brothers sewing ties and cummerbunds piece-meal on their living room floor to make ends meet.

As they navigate this new landscape, Ly finds herself torn between two worlds. She knows she must honor her parents’ Buddhist faith and contribute to the family livelihood, working long hours at home and eventually as a manicurist alongside her mother at a nail salon in Brownsville, Brooklyn, that her parents take over. But at school, Ly feels the mounting pressure to blend in.

A growing inability to see the blackboard presents new challenges, especially when her father forbids her from getting glasses, calling her diagnosis of poor vision a government conspiracy. His frightening temper and paranoia leave an indelible mark on Ly’s sense of self. Who is she outside of everything her family expects of her?

Told in a spare, evocative voice that, with flashes of humor, weaves together her family’s immigration experience with her own fraught and courageous coming of age, House of Sticks is a timely and powerful portrait of one girl’s struggle to reckon with her heritage and forge her own path.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] painful but powerful exploration of the struggle to find a sense of self within a family at the cross-section of cultures, and Tran’s story is impossible to forget.” Shelf Awareness
“Tran is exceptional at telling her story with honesty and without judgment. Readers who loved Tara Westover’s Educated (2018) will find a similarly compelling memoir of resilience in a not-often-seen America.” Booklist (starred review)
“A classic immigrant tale…but it is also much more: a coming of age story, a New York hustle, a battle with a father.” Vogue
“I guarantee that you will never see the nail salon technician in the same way after reading Ly Tran’s memoir.” Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, author of When Skateboards Will Be Free

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Author

Author Bio: Ly Tran

Author Bio: Ly Tran

Ly Tran graduated from Columbia University in 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing and Linguistics. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, Art Omi, and Yaddo.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English