Book Spotlight: The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan & Giveaway

March 13th, 2012

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today I’m spotlighting The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan which releases today!  This novel sounds really good and I’m anxious to read it although it’ll be a bit before I can.  Her writing has been compared to Amy Tan of whom I’m a big fan so anything in that vein is likely to be a good read for me.  I’m going to share with you what the book is about and a bit about Aimee Phan and then you’ll have the opportunity to maybe win a copy for yourself!


About The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan (from Aimee’s website)

Cherry Truong’s parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, 21-year-old Cherry travels to their homeland and finds herself on a journey to uncover her family’s decades-old secrets—hidden loves, desperate choices, and lives ripped apart by the march of war and currents of history.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the story of two fierce and unforgettable families, the Truongs and the Vos: their harrowing escape from Vietnam after the war, the betrayal that divided them, and the stubborn memories that continue to bind them years later, even as they come to terms with their hidden sacrifices and bitter mistakes. Kim-Ly, Cherry’s grandmother, once wealthy and powerful in Vietnam, now struggles to survive in Little Saigon, California without English or a driver’s license. Cherry’s other grandmother Hoa, whose domineering husband has developed dementia, discovers a cache of letters from a woman she thought had been left behind. As Cherry pieces their stories together, she uncovers the burden of her family’s love and the consequences of their choices.

Set in Vietnam, France and the United States, Aimee Phan’s sweeping debut novel reveals a family still yearning for reconciliation, redemption, and a place to call home. The Reeducation of Cherry Truong debuts in March 2012 through St. Martin’s Press.

Reader’s Guide
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About Aimee Phan (from Aimee’s website)

AIMEE PHAN grew up in Orange County, California, and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship.

Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Arts Colony and Hedgebrook. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Oregonian.

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I have one copy of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan to share with my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry simply leave a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do please let me know so I can pass the extra entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway and spread the word.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, March 31/12.  Good luck!

50 Comments to “Book Spotlight: The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan & Giveaway”

  1. Margaret says:

    Absolutely want this one thanks!


  2. Margaret says:

    Blog follower


  3. Margaret says:

    Just tweeted


  4. Krista says:

    Looking for a place to call home, so well written intriuges me! So on my reading list!

  5. Lisa Garrett says:

    I would love to know more about all of the secrets of this family.

  6. Lisa Garrett says:

    I follow via GFC, email, and networked blogs.

  7. Linda B says:

    You’re right – this does sound good. I love stories with hidden family secrets. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Google follower.

  8. Looks like a great book on Vietnamese immigrants. Would love to own it!

    I’m a follower.

    I will repost on facebook.

    harvee44 at

  9. rhonda says:

    What a great givveaway.I am am email subscriber Lomazowr@gmail. Com

  10. rhonda says:

    I follow on twitter rhondareads I will tweet.

  11. rhonda says:

    I am a network and goodreads follower.

  12. zibilee says:

    I just read a little about this book on another site, and think it sounds fantastic! I would love the chance to read it, and so I will enter your giveaway, Dar. Thanks for hosting it! I do so hope that you enjoy the book!


  13. Ellie says:

    Many thanks for this wonderful giveaway. I am an e-mai subscriber.

  14. Anne says:

    I would appreciate reading this special giveaway. Thanks for this chance. I subscribe via e-mail.

  15. sagustocox says:

    Those Vietnam books always interest me, and this one sounds particularly intriguing. Thanks for the spotlight and giveaway. I subscribe via email.

  16. Patricia N says:

    I read another review of this book and have been wanting to read it since. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Patricia N says:

    I’m a current follower of your blog via GFC as Patricia N
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  18. amandasue says:

    I’d love a chance to win this book!

  19. amandasue says:

    I’m a follower thanks.

  20. Diane Bojda says:

    Looks like this is going to be another great book to curl up with. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m a Networked Blog & Google follower & I tweeted the giveaway.!/Dyniy/status/179637303550025729

  21. Carl says:

    This book sounds terrific, great family story, different locales and cultures, I’d love to win it.
    I follow this blog by email and I’m really enjoying it.(carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx)
    I also Tweeted about the giveaway:!/carlrscott/status/179662789554618368

  22. Margie says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Margie says:

    -follow by Networked Blogs, email, and GFC

  24. Carol Wong says:

    Gee, I really do want to read this book. Eighteen years ago, I told a Vietnamese American that he should write his story about escaping from Viet Nam. There was a night the ocean was so violent that they almost drowned, another time that they got attacked by pirates and so on. He thought no on here would be interested!!!!

    Thank you so much for chance of winning this book.

    Carol Wong

  25. Carol Wong says:

    I am a longtime follower of your blog.


  26. Carol Wong says:

    I tweeted:


  27. Linda Jacobs says:

    Oh, Dar, you know I’ll HAVE to download this one! It looks so good!

  28. Linda Kish says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  29. Linda Kish says:

    I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  30. Karen Wapinski says:

    I’d love to read this, thanks for the giveaway ^_^
    I am a GFC follower
    Tweeted here:!/Parakiss25

  31. bn100 says:

    This sounds like a very intriguing read.

  32. bn100 says:

    I follow the blog.

  33. Rachel W. says:

    I’m a follower- thanks for the giveaway!

  34. I hate when my busy reading schedule keeps me from books as well. Especially those that sound as amazing as this one.


  35. shirley gadouas says:

    I have heard many good things about this book can t wait to read it

  36. shirley gadouas says:

    i have heard good things about this book

  37. Esme says:

    Please enter me-i love books set in Asia.

  38. Esme says:

    I follow.

  39. Maureen says:

    It looks like a good story.
    I follow on GFC

  40. Anita Yancey says:

    This book sounds like a very touching story. I would love to read it. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  41. Anita Yancey says:

    I follow on GFC as Anita Yancey.
    Email Subscriber

  42. Kathy P says:

    Sounds like a great book.

  43. ikkinlala says:

    I’d like to enter, please!

  44. Teddy says:

    Thanks for bring my attention to this book, it sounds right up my alley!
    I follow via GFC
    I Tweeted about this awesome give, here’s the link:!/teddyrose1/status/183279432960704512

  45. Debbie Kennedy says:

    I love the mystery behind the book description. I’m engaged to read it. Thanks for the giveaway

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