Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 PM ET
Eric Nguyen presents Things We Lost to the Water
In conversation with Megha Majumdar
Eric Nguyen, editor-in-chief for diaCRITICS.org, joins Greenlight (virtually!) to present his stunning debut novel, Things We Lost to the Water. When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. As she and her boys begin to settle in to life in America, she continues to send letters and tapes back to Cong, hopeful that they will be reunited and her children will grow up with a father. But with time, Huong realizes she will never see her husband again. While she copes with this loss, her sons, Tuan and Binh grow up in their absent father's shadow, haunted by a man and a country trapped in their memory and imagination. As they push forward, the three adapt to life in America in different ways, and their search for identity—as individuals and as a family—threatens to tear them apart. But then disaster strikes the city they now call home, and they must find a new way to come together and honor the ties that bind them. Nguyen is joined in conversation by Megha Majumdar, author of the National Book Award longlisted A Burning.