Title: VIETNAMERICAPublished by Villard, 288 pages. The story of my family's trauma, tragedy, and triumph during the Vietnam War, and reinvention in its aftermath as refugees in the United States. Available at your local comic shop, bookstores, and online retailers. French edition available from STEINKIS, and Spanish edition available from NORMA EDITORIAL.
“A kick-in- the-gut graphic novel... he purposely fragments the plot, shifting points of view, narrative voices, and settings while the reader—as did Tran—must assemble the pieces to learn how his parents became the people he knew. Engaging, challenging, and disturbing, Tran’s family memoir belongs in all public and academic libraries...” —Library Journal
“Beyond storytelling, Tran is an artist truly gifted in his medium.” —Washington Post
"In Tran's memoir, theme, narrative, and art work together to create a deeply compelling graphic novel. Tran meditates on war, loss, and memory, but the overriding theme is the complexity, hardship, and reward of family life, a theme that finds full life in the author's multilayered narrative. His artwork—richly detailed but never overcrowded, realistic while allowing for abstraction, and expertly composed—wrings meaning out of the smallest detail. This novel could easily find a place in the classroom..."—School Library Journal
"VIETNAMERICA is an utterly remarkable piece of American literature. If you have ever felt a connection to the immigrant experience, if you are born of a generation that benefited from the bruises and blood of the one that came before, then this memoir will resonate as literature rarely does." —Racebending
"Atmospheric and evocative, sometimes kaleidoscopic to the point of psychedelia in its construction and formal invention." —Warren Ellis