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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bich Ming Nguyen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1974 in Saigon, Viet Nam

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Illinois Connection

Nguyen lives in Chicago and West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband Porter Shreve, also a novelist.

Biographical and Professional Information

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
ISBN: 0670038326

Viking Adult. 2007

A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family's Buddhist lifestyle.

Short Girls: A Novel
ISBN: 0670020818

Viking Adult. 2009

Two estranged Vietnamese sisters, each wrestling with their own lives, careers, and romances, are reunited at their father's American citizenship party, and forge a new relationship in this novel from the PEN/Jerard Fund Award-winning author. 30,000 first printing.


''Stealing Buddah's Dinner'' won a PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2007, a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, an Asian American Literature Award finalist, and a BookSense pick.

Speaking Engagements

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