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Genre: True-life Novel

Sub-Genres

  • Asian American novel (lê accepts that designation)
  • Autobiographical fiction (lê denies it)

Thúy said in an interview, “It mirrors places I've [been], both geographical and emotional, but I didn't enter into it as a recollection of my own experiences and memories. I entered into it with these characters and followed them. I'm much more excited about the things that happen that I never anticipate.”

  • Fictionalized refugee narrative (escape and resettlement narrative)

Fictionalized Immigrant Narrative

  • Coming-of-age novel or bildungsroman

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