With the pace & suspense of a thriller The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, & while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity & America, a gripping espionage novel, & a powerful story of love & friendship.
“An optic tilt about Vietnam and what America did there as profound as Ralph Ellisons’s “invisible Man” & Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” were to the legacy of racism and slavery.” (Literary Hub)
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel
Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction