Monique Truong

Monique Truong is an American writer, known for her novels that often explore themes of food, displacement, and identity. Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, she and her family moved to the United States as refugees. Truong's notable works include 'The Book of Salt' (2003), which was a national bestseller, and 'Bitter in the Mouth' (2010). Her writing has received several awards, including the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.


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  1. 1. The Book of Salt

    The novel is a fictional account of a Vietnamese cook who works for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in 1920s Paris. The protagonist, Binh, narrates his experiences of being an outsider in both his homeland and abroad, while exploring themes of identity, love, and the bitter taste of displacement. The story cleverly intertwines historical events and figures with the personal journey of Binh, creating a rich tapestry of cultural and emotional exploration.