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Meet Author Thao Thai

2023-07-10 19:00:00 2023-07-10 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Thao Thai Join us when author Thao Thai visit to discuss her new novel, <i>Banyan Moon</i>. Orange Branch - The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Room (A/B) (90)

Monday, July 10
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-07-10 19:00:00 2023-07-10 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Thao Thai Join us when author Thao Thai visit to discuss her new novel, <i>Banyan Moon</i>. Orange Branch - The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Room (A/B) (90)

Orange Branch

The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Room (A/B) (90)

Join us when author Thao Thai visit to discuss her new novel, Banyan Moon.

About the author:

Thao Thai is a writer living in Ohio with her husband and daughter. Her work engages with tangled family relationships and the intersections of motherhood and identity. She’s been published in Cup of Jo, Eater, Catapult, Sunday Long Read, and more. A recipient of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, she has also been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and earned fellowships in creative writing. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University and her MA from The University of Chicago. 

Banyan Moon is a sweeping, evocative debut novel following three generations of Vietnamese American women reeling from the death of their matriarch, revealing the family’s inherited burdens, buried secrets, and unlikely love stories. 

When Ann Tran gets the call that her fiercely beloved grandmother, Minh, has passed away, her life is already at a crossroads. In the years since she’s last seen Minh, Ann has built a seemingly perfect life—a beautiful lake house, a charming professor boyfriend, and invites to elegant parties that bubble over with champagne and good taste—but it all crumbles with one positive pregnancy test. With both her relationship and carefully planned future now in question, Ann returns home to Florida to face her estranged mother, Huơng.

Back in Florida, Huơng is simultaneously mourning her mother and resenting her for having the relationship with Ann that she never did. Then Ann and Huơng learn that Minh has left them both the Banyan House, the crumbling old manor that was Ann’s childhood home, in all its strange, Gothic glory. Under the same roof for the first time in years, mother and daughter must face the simmering questions of their past and their uncertain futures, while trying to rebuild their relationship without the one person who’s always held them together.

Running parallel to this is Minh’s story, as she goes from a lovestruck teenager living in the shadow of the Vietnam War to a determined young mother immigrating to America in search of a better life for her children. And when Ann makes a shocking discovery in the Banyan House’s attic, long-buried secrets come to light as it becomes clear how decisions Minh made in her youth affected the rest of her life—and beyond.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry.

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