Author Viet Thanh Nguyen is a new voice for Vietnamese here

Viet Thanh Nguyen is on the kind of roll any author might envy. “The Sympathizer,” his 2015 debut novel, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Last year his nonfiction work, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Now comes a short story collection titled “The Refugees,” which arrived last week to great anticipation, which makes Nguyen, who will be featured in the Register Book Club’s next forum on Tuesday, a very hot writer indeed, though he laughs as he explains that this seeming flurry of rapid activity actually has been gestating for years.

“It’s an illusion because these books were written over 17 or 20 years,” says Nguyen by phone from Washington, D.C., where he was attending a writers conference between stops on his book tour. “They just happen to be coming out at the same…

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