The Boat

Nam Le

The beach is gray at dawn. He points to the barrel of his G3 when he says this, steel gray, he says. He smiles.
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A remarkable debut collection from a prize-winning author

A dazzling, emotionally riveting debut collection: the seven stories in Nam Le’s The Boat take us across the globe as he enters the hearts and minds of characters from all over the world.

Whether Nam Le is conjuring the story of 14-year-old Juan, a hit man in Colombia; or an aging painter mourning the death of his much-younger lover; or a young refugee fleeing Vietnam, crammed in the ship’s hold with 200 others, the result is unexpectedly moving and powerful.

This is an extraordinary work of fiction that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human, and announces a writer of astonishing talent.

“A breathtakingly assured collection of stories-powerful, moving, unsparingly honest-exhibiting a narrative confidence and range that is as remarkable as it is mature. A tremendous debut.”
William Boyd

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“A promising and fiercely talented writer”

“The short story collection is constantly on the endangered list, but this stunning collection…shows that it is alive and in the best of health.”
the Times

“An assured and tremendously readable collection from a young writer with rare scope and strength.”

“These are people on the edge, and Nam’s prose captures their desperation…bold and worthwhile. Memoirists should stick to what they know; the point of literature is to expand the limits of the world.”
Aravind Adiga
financial Times

Nam Le

Nam Le was born in Vietnam and raised in Australia. He has received the Pushcart Prize, the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Phillips Exeter Academy. His fiction has been appeared in venues including Best Australian Stories, Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Zoetrope, Conjunctions, A Public Space, and NPR’s Selected Shorts.

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