Framed, Chapter 2: 'I will get you': How a PTA mom became the target of a revenge campaign

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Authors Viet Thanh Nguyen and Maxine Hong Kingston dish on war and peace

Author Maxine Hong Kingston wanted to talk about fame. The award-winning author of the 1976 seminal book “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts” leaned forward and asked author Viet Thanh Nguyen (“The Sympathizer”) how his life has changed since being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last month. She spoke on her own experience and the “tax” that’s imposed when you become a celebrated author. “I was called a liar and a race traitor,” she said.

Nguyen responded that he recently made the mistake of reading the online comments for an interview he gave on NPR. “People always...