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Welcome to the 2015 Politics and Prose Holiday Newsletter. As we have in past years, we’ve tried to select the best—and most beautiful—recent books, fiction and nonfiction, to help you with gift-giving.

It’s also traditional to emphasize how difficult making these choices has been—it’s not just a matter of so many books, but of so many truly wonderful books. This year there’s been an especially impressive outpouring of short fiction and memoirs, but you’ll find bookseller favorites on all subjects here. Enjoy!

The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen

The narrator in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s stunning debut novel, The Sympathizer (Grove, $26) is a double agent, working both sides in the closing days of the Vietnam War.  A South Vietnamese Army officer educated in the West, he’s fluent in American English and culture and serves as the perfect guide for this story, noticing the hypocrisy and absurdity of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia.  Later, called upon to be the technical advisor on a film reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, he vainly and hilariously tries to indicate the cultural stereotypes and the dehumanizing racism to the auteur director.  When a friend back in Vietnam is threatened, he returns to his country and is forced to tell his long and complicated story—to his own great peril but the delight of readers of the novel.

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802123459
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Grove Press - April 7th, 2015

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016