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Join us for Part Two of Eastwind Book Club special series! We will be reading The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen, sequel to The Sympathizer.

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Eastwind Book Club is a community of readers connected by Asian and Asian American literature. Members gather once a month through a virtual meeting to discuss the month’s book selection. April's book club pick is The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This month's selection is part of a two-part series featuring works by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Friday, April 30 at 7pm PST. Register to receive the meeting link and discussion documents.

Book Club members can use coupon code EWBOOKCLUB21 for a 10% discount.

Copies of The Committed are available for order at www.asiabookcenter.com. Choose to ship your orders to your home or select in-store pick up at Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

Join our Book Club Facebook group to engage in conversation throughout the month: www.tinyurl.com/ewclub

This event is co-sponsored by DVAN - Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, UNAVSA - the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations) OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters, and AsAmNews (www.asamnews.com).

About the Book:

The long-awaited new novel from one of America's most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris as a refugee. There he and his blood brother Bon try to escape their pasts and prepare for their futures by turning their hands to capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. No longer in physical danger, but still inwardly tortured by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, and struggling to assimilate into a dominant culture, the Sympathizer is both charmed and disturbed by Paris. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals and politicians who frequent dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese "aunt," he finds not just stimulation for his mind but also customers for his merchandise--but the new life he is making has dangers he has not foreseen, from the oppression of the state, to the self-torture of addiction, to the seemingly unresolvable paradox of how he can reunite his two closest friends, men whose world views put them in absolute opposition.

About the author:

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Committed, which continues the story of The Sympathizer, awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, alongside seven other prizes. He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees; the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award; and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. He lives in Los Angeles.

Praise for The Committed:

“A sumptuous sequel to The Sympathizer . . . The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist captures, with grace and restraint, the foibles of two young men caught in a duel between East and West.”—O, the Oprah Magazine, “Best Books of the Month”
“This follow-up to his seminal The Sympathizer is Nguyen at his most ambitious and bold. Fierce in tone, capacious, witty, sharp, and deeply researched, The Committed marks, not just a sequel to its groundbreaking predecessor, but a sum total accumulation of a life devoted to Vietnamese American history and scholarship. This novel, like all daring novels, is a Trojan Horse, whose hidden power is a treatise of global futurity in the aftermath of colonial conquest. It asks questions central both to Vietnamese everywhere—and to our very species: How do we live in the wake of seismic loss and betrayal? And, perhaps even more critically, How do we laugh?”—Ocean Vuong, New York Times-bestselling author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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Eastwind Book Club is co-sponsored by OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters, Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) and AsAmNews (www.asamnews.com).

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