Short Girls

Short Girls

A Novel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143117506
  • 304 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The authentic and compassionate first novel about two sisters from the author of the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner

Called “A writer to watch, a tremendous talent” by the Chicago Tribune, Bich Minh Nguyen makes her fiction debut with the deeply moving and entertaining story of two Vietnamese sisters. Aside from their petite stature, Van and Linny Luong couldn’t be more different. Diligent, unassuming Van works as an immigration lawyer in the Michigan suburbs where she resides with her handsome, Chinese-American lawyer husband. Beautiful, fashionable Linny lives in Chicago and has drifted into an affair with a married man. When Van’s picture-perfect marriage collapses and Linny finds herself grappling to escape her dead-end life, the long-estranged sisters are unable to confide in one another- until their eccentric inventor father calls them back home to the Vietnamese American community they fled long ago.


“A lively, engaging novel of sisterly angst and the cultural heritage … an exceptional debut, funny, insightful and literary, with lots to mull over after you put it down.”
Chicago Tribune
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