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Bich Ming Nguyen

Born: 1974 in Saigon, Viet Nam
Pen Name: None

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


  • ''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.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Bich Ming Nguyen on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Short girls :
ISBN: 0670020818 OCLC: 276819718

Viking, New York : 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.

Stealing Buddha's dinner :
ISBN: 0670038326 OCLC: 71237477

Viking, New York : 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.