The Boat. Nam Le. 2008.

Regular price $6.00

Consider the subjects of his stories: a child assassin in Colombia (Cartagena), an ageing New York artist desperate for a reconciliation with his daughter (Meeting Elise), a boy’s coming of age in a rough Victorian fishing town (Halfhead Bay), before the first atomic bomb falls in Japan (Hiroshima), the suffocation’s of theocracy in Iran (Tehran Calling). This astonishing range is topped and tailed by accounts of the uneasy reunion of a young Vietnamese writer in America with his ex-soldier father, and by the title story - the escape of a group of exhausted refugees from the Vietcong in a wallowing boat.