Sigh, gone : a misfit's memoir of great books, punk rock, and the fight to fit in
|Format:||Print Book 2020|
|Availability:||Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 10 copies|
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.
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-- 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
306 pages ; 25 cm