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Monkey Bridge

(1997)
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Hailed by critics and writers as powerful, important fiction, Monkey Bridge charts the unmapped territory of the Vietnamese American experience in the aftermath of war. Like navigating a monkey bridge--a bridge, built of spindly bamboo, used by peasants for centuries--the narrative traverses perilously between worlds past and present, East and West, in telling two interlocking stories: one, the Vietnamese version of the classic immigrant experience in America, told by a young girl; and the second, a dark tale of betrayal, political intrigue, family secrets, and revenge--her mother's tale. The haunting and beautiful terrain of Monkey Bridge is the "luminous motion," as it is called in Vietnamese myth and legend, between generations, encompassing Vietnamese lore, history, and dreams of the past as well as of the future.

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"With incredible lightness, balance and elegance, [Lan Cao crosses] over an abyss of pain, loss, separation and exile, connecting on one level the opposite realities of Vietnam and North America, and on a deeper level the realities of the material world and the world of the spirits." - Isabel Allende


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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Monkey Bridge
Author(s): Lan Cao
ISBN: 1-4395-0062-2 / 978-1-4395-0062-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-26
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June 1998 : UK Hardback

Title: Monkey Bridge Display Easel
Author(s): Lan Cao
ISBN: 0-14-771261-0 / 978-0-14-771261-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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July 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Monkey Bridge
Author(s): Lan Cao
ISBN: 0-670-87367-5 / 978-0-670-87367-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

June 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Monkey Bridge
Author(s): Lan Cao
ISBN: 0-14-026361-6 / 978-0-14-026361-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
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Kindle Editions

June 1998 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Monkey Bridge
Author(s): Lan Cao
Publisher: Penguin Books
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