The Mountains Sing

The Mountains Sing

With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Viet Nam War. Tran Dieu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Noi, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Ho Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that will tear not just her beloved country but her family apart.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Viet Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. This is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai’s first novel in English.

Title:The Mountains Sing
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781616208189
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    The Mountains Sing Reviews

  • Mai Nguy?n

    Dear Readers, It took me seven years, hundreds of revisions, many sleepless nights, tears... and finally THE MOUNTAINS SING is here. I am so thankful to you - my precious Readers - for the gift of you...

  • Angela M

    This is a beautifully written story, but not an one easy to read. It’s a brutal portrayal of hardship, hunger, death, a history of the people of Vietnam spanning decades. But in spite of the fact th...

  • Matt

    “That night and for the next many nights, to dry my tears, Grandma opened the door of her childhood to me. Her stories scooped me up and delivered me to the hilltop of Nghe An where I could fill my ...

  • Thomas

    I loved this book for its earnest and thoughtful rendering of Vietnam and its history. As a second generation Vietnamese American living in the United States, I did not get to learn much about my Viet...

  • Berit???

    Gorgeous and miracle a poignant tale of resilience and heart. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's lush and vivid storytelling transported me to Vietnam. The story spans most of 20th century Vietnam told from al...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Beautiful! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Have you ever loved a book so much it’s difficult to write about it? That was The Mountains Sing for me. This one has been compared to Homegoing (I LOVE...

  • Diane S ?

    Tragic, courageous, beautiful and hopeful. These are the circumstances described in the multigenerational saga. Set against the background of the Vietnam War, this is the story of the Tran family. Rai...

  • Elle

    One of my Top Ten Books of 2020! A deeply moving story that spans the better part of a century, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai displays a side of Việt Nam and the Vietnamese people that western audience...

  • Karen

    This is a beautiful yet heartbreaking and turbulent multigenerational story of one Vietnamese family told through the voices of two women..Huong Tran and her grandmother Dieu Lan.It starts off in Ha N...

  • Jenna

    "Wars have the power to turn graceful and cultured people into monsters.I always appreciate novels that teach me something and this book certainly accomplished that, as I knew little about Vietnam or ...