Sigh, gone : a misfit's memoir of great books, punk rock, and the fight to fit in

by Tran, Phuc, 1974-

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In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such as The Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, teenage rebellion, and assimilation, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents. Appealing to fans of coming-of-age memoirs such as Fresh Off the Boat, Running with Scissors, or tales of assimilation like Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Displaced and The Refugees, Sigh, Gone explores one man's bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the '80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shape--and ultimately saves--him.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "I was a Vietnamese, Tran writes in this affecting, deeply felt memoir of his growing-up years in very white Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I was an American, he continues. I was an artist. I was a reader. A study in contrasts, he was also a punk rocker and skater who was the best student in his English class. He writes movingly about his struggle for acceptance and his two-pronged attack to achieve assimilation: first, an attempt at academic excellence (he ranked fourteenth in his class of 333) and, second, what he calls Operation Look Punk, explaining that one way to fit in is by not fitting in. Whether he fit in with his own family is problematic. Love was at a premium; his hot-tempered father was a savage disciplinarian, once beating his son with an iron rod so savagely the boy could hardly walk the next day and hurt so much he couldn't sit down. Another time his father attempted to stab him with scissors. Tran survived all of this by reading great literature. A clever conceit, in this connection, is his naming each chapter with the title of a great book (Crime and Punishment, The Scarlet Letter, The Metamorphosis, etc.) and then finding a parallel with his life in each. The result is a compelling story of an outsider discovering himself and a world where he fit in.--Michael Cart Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This high-impact, emotional memoir about growing up in a Vietnamese immigrant family refracts the author's angry adolescence through a prism of classic literature. Tran, now a high school Latin teacher, escaped the collapse of South Vietnam in 1975. One of the only Asian kids in the blue-collar town of Carlisle, Pa., Tran felt like an outsider. Falling in with "a wolfpack" of punk skaters partially satisfied his desire for belonging. But discovering Clifton Fadiman's The Lifetime Reading Plan, with its lists of must-read books--Crime and Punishment, Madame Bovary, The Autobiography of Malcolm X--sparked his imagination. Books also provided Tran a refuge from the gap between himself and his parents, who he portrays in colorfully unsparing terms, from his mother's "muscular, if simple, Catholicism" to his father's habit of beating him with a metal rod scavenged from the garbage: "American efficiency, meet Vietnamese ingenuity." Being well-read for Tran signified "the promise of acceptance and connection and prestige," and by book's end he enters adulthood as his own person and not just as an immigrant or rebel. Filled with euphoric flights of discovery, this complex and rewarding story of a book-enriched life vividly illustrates how literature can serve as a window to a new life. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Tran, Phuc, -- 1974- -- Childhood and youth.
Tran, Phuc, -- 1974- -- Books and reading.
Vietnamese Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Carlisle -- Biography.
Immigrants -- Pennsylvania -- Carlisle -- Biography.
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Ho Chi Minh City -- Biography.
Racism -- Pennsylvania -- Carlisle -- History -- 20th century.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Refugees.
Carlisle (Pa.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 306 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250194718
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