Episode 2 - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai was born in Việt Nam in 1973, and grew up witnessing the war’s devastation of her country. She worked as a street seller and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, short fiction and non-fiction in Vietnamese. Her writing has been translated and published in more than ten countries and has received many honors, including the Hà Nội Writers Association’s Poetry of the Year 2010 Award. Quế Mai has an MA in Creative Writing and is currently a PhD candidate at Lancaster University. She divides her time between Indonesia and Việt Nam.
THE MOUNTAINS SING can be purchased at Murder by the Book.
Quế Mai's 3 recommended reads are:
1. AFTERLIFE by Julia Alvarez
2. SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo
3. THE LINE THAT HELD US by David Joy