Review: Nam Le's first collection 'The Boat'

Nam Le
Nam Le

"After beginning his career in an Australian law firm, Nam Le left to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop—a move which was fortunate for the now 29-year old author. To be holed-up in a straight-laced, soul-sucking office, wearing slicked-backed hair and a structured suit would have been a tremendous waste of talent. In his debut short-story collection 'The Boat', Le demonstrates that leaving law and turning toward literature was the best decision he possibly could have made."

In this online review of Workshop graduate Nam Le's new collection of stories 'The Boat', PhillyBurb contributing editor Deidre Wengen writes "Every tale that the author tells is so puncturing, so sharp, that the whole collection becomes as dangerous and alluring as a drawer full of kitchen knives. Nam Le provides a genuine new voice in literary fiction and is undoubtedly an author to watch." Read the entire review here.

New: Read the New York Times Sunday Book Review of Nam Le's collection here


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