Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnam-born American Pulitzer novelist. Viet was born in Buon Me Thuot, Vietnam in the year 1971. He is the son of North Vietnam immigrants who moved to the south in the year 1954. In 1975, his family fled to the United States where they settled in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, a common Vietnam-American refugee camp.

Viet’s family, however, moved to Harrisburg in the year 1978. Their destination in the States was San Jose, California where they operated a grocery store of its kind. Viet Thanh Nguyen attended St. Patrick’s school and Bellarmine College Preparatory. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and ethnic studies at the University of California in the year 1992. Viet then advanced for his Ph.D. in English from Berkeley and graduated in the year 1997.

Books in order of publication:

Standalone Novels

The Sympathizer(2015) 
The Refugees(2017) 
The Committed(2020) 

Short Stories/Novellas

Black-Eyed Women(2017)

Picture Books

Chicken of the Sea(2019) 

Non-Fiction Books

Race and Resistance(2002) 
Nothing Ever Dies(2016) 
The Displaced(2018) 


Ploughshares Summer 2016 Guest-Edited by Claire Messud & James Wood(2016)
The Writer’s Library(2020)
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