PositiveQuill & Quire\"More than culinary tourism, the book portrays enterprising individuals striving for better prospects ... Filled with lesser-known facts, such as China’s ancient maritime ties with Africa or the dominance of Chinese restaurants in Peru’s dining scene, the narrative never flags. Have You Eaten Yet? joins the growing list of books about restaurants and the Chinese diaspora. Beyond conveying the perseverance and hope behind these establishments, Kwan offers a solid introduction to the forces that shape expatriate Chinese cultures and identities alike.\
Kim Thuy tr. Sheila Fischman
RaveQuill & Quire (CAN)The cumulative power of these threads lends not only momentum but reach ... Expertly handled by her long-time translator, Sheila Fischman, the text juxtaposes horror and beauty to lasting effect. The prose is poised and elegant even when describing atrocity ... While all her previous novels portray those who escaped Vietnam to seek brighter futures, her new work also considers those never able to pursue better tomorrows. This is Thúy’s most ambitious and affecting book yet. Both sprawling and intimate, Em amplifies her storytelling and is a moving memorial to survivors and those who perished alike.