The Friday 56 – Things We Lost to the Fire by Eric Nguyen

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post URL, not your blog URL, to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

Things We Lost to the Water is a new release (May 4, 2021) by debut author Eric Nguyen. I don’t even remember how it came on my radar, but what I do remember is falling in the love with cover and saying to myself, “I don’t care what it’s about. I want that book.” So, I bought it and had every intention on reading it for Pride Month. Needless to say that didn’t happen. Or rather, I haven’t finished it. And, so far I’m enjoying it. 

Summary: A mother arrives in New Orleans from Vietnam with her two young sons. Together they must learn to navigate this new home and they do so in their own ways. One son joins a local street gang while the other embraces his adopted homeland and his sexuality. Their search for identity and how they fit threatens to tear them apart until they are forced to come together and honor the ties that bind them.

A car horn sounded and Kim-Anh glanced down at her watch. “No time,” she said. “This will have to do.” She walked down the stairs. Huong followed after.

Kim-Anh’s American was not an unattractive man. He almost looked like Andrew Jackson – a strong face, wrinkles of wisdom, and rich white hair, from the backseat, looked like soft white fire.

“You’re as pretty as Kim,” he said as the drove toward downtown.

“Kim-Anh,” Kim-Anh corrected him.

“Kimmie. My Kimmie,” he replied. He reached over and rubber her hand.

“Keem-On,” she said, slower this time as she pulled away her arm.

Things We Lost to the Water, pg. 56

Have you read it? If so, what did you think?

4 thoughts on “The Friday 56 – Things We Lost to the Fire by Eric Nguyen

  1. Literary Feline July 4, 2021 / 4:23 pm

    I am glad you are enjoying this one. It sounds like a good one and I will have to keep an eye out for it. I hope you have a great week!


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