The Gangster We Are All Looking For

Written by:
Lê Thi Diem Thúy
Narrated by:
Quyen Ngo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2022
4 hours 28 minutes
A momentous literary debut: the life of a Vietnamese family in America luminously observed through the knowing eyes of a child.

In 1978 six refugees—a girl, her father, and four “uncles”—are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. In the child’s imagination, the world of itchy dresses and run-down apartments is transmuted into an unearthly realm: she sees everything intensely, hears the distress calls of inanimate objects and waits for her mother to join her.

But life loses none of its strangeness when the family is reunited. As the girl grows, her matter-of-fact innocence eddies increasingly around opaque and ghostly traumas: the cataclysm that engulfed her homeland, the memory of a brother who drowned and, most inescapable, her father’s hopeless rage for a father’s order.

In The Gangster We Are All Looking For, Lê Thi Diem Thúy has illuminated a world of great beauty and enormous sorrows. Here is an authentically original story of finding one’s place and voice in America.
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