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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vu Tran  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Saigon, Vietnam


-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/roomwithavu
-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/roomwithavu
-- Website -- http://www.vutranwriter.com
-- Website -- http://www.vutranwriter.com
-- Vu Tran on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Vu+Tran
-- Vu Tran on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Vu+Tran


Illinois Connection

Tran is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vu Tran was born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. His short stories have appeared in the ''O. Henry Prize Stories'', ''A Best of Fence'', ''The Southern Review'', ''Harvard Review'', and other publications. He has received honors from ''Glimmer Train Stories'' and the ''Michigan Quarterly Review''.


Awards

Dragonfish


-- Notable Book, New York Times, 2015
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly '''Other Awards

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Dragonfish :
ISBN: 9781504619684. OCLC Number: 915579189

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A thrilling work of sophisticated suspense set amid the Vietnamese underworld in Las Vegas. Robert, a rugged Oakland cop, still can't let go of Suzy, the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him. Now she's disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who blackmails Robert into finding her for him. Pursuing Suzy through the glitzy, sleazy gambling dens of Las Vegas, Robert finds himself chasing the past that haunts Suzy -- one that extends back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon. Her daughter, abandoned long ago, is now a steely professional poker player. The dangerous legacy of Suzy's guilt threatens to immolate them all, including Happy, her best friend.

Dragonfish :
ISBN: 0393352870. OCLC Number: 891611130

. .

"Robert, an Oakland cop, still can't let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she's disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who's blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny's sadistic son, 'Junior, ' and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, as his investigation soon uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago. Although Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy's life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all"--