Reading with Andrew Lam: Birds of Paradise Lost
Date & Time: Wed, 8 Mar @5:00PM-7:00PM
Location: Sàn Art
Units B.16 & B.17
132 Ben Van Don, Ward 6, District 4,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Sàn Art was pleased to host the reading session with Andrew Lam on his book, Birds of Paradise Lost, finalist for the California Book Awards.
The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish, joy, and bravery of America’s newest Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past—memories of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity—is ever present in these wise and compassionate stories. It plays itself out in surprising ways in the lives of people who thought they had moved beyond the nightmares of war and exodus. It comes back on TV in the form of a confession from a cannibal; it enters the Vietnamese restaurant as a Vietnam Vet with a shameful secret; it articulates itself in the peculiar tics of a man with Tourette’s Syndrome who struggles to deal with profound tragedy. Birds of Paradise Lost is an emotional tour de force, intricately rendering the false starts and revelations in the struggle for integration, and in so doing, the human heart.