Kim Thúy loves words and since breaking onto the literary scene with her debut novel Ru, she continues to use them in unique and poetic ways to delight readers around the world. Her story of a young girl who flees troubled Vietnam with her family and immigrates to Canada won several prestigious international awards, as well as taking the Governor General’s Award for French language Fiction in 2010, and was the Canada Reads winner in 2015.
Her second novel, Mãn, explores how the titular protagonist, also a refugee, is able to claim a place for herself in her new home through the healing power of food.
Her most recent novel, Vi, tells the story of another titular protagonist who returns to her native Vietnam, after coming of age in Canada. Thúy’s writing is delicate and lyrical, packing a pound of imagery into each sentence she crafts.