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Quan Barry's 'She Weeps' listens to the stories of Vietnam's dead
Quan Barry's 'She Weeps' listens to the stories of Vietnam's dead

Here's a true dumb American confession: I have a hard time with historical novels that take place outside of the U.S. I'm not much of a history buff, and I find it takes a skillful, engaging author to both situate and dazzle me with beauty at the same time. Quan Barry, as it turns out, is just that kind of author. In her debut novel, "She Weeps Each Time You're Born," the Saigon-born poet guides us through the history of modern Vietnam with a deft mix of folklore, magical realism and stories of struggle and hardship that feel yanked right out of history. The book spans three turbulent decades, beginning with the unusual birth of a girl named Rabbit along the Song...

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