Dust Child


A powerful, captivating tale of family secrets and hidden heartache from an internationally acclaimed author

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‘LYRICAL AND DEEPLY EMPATHETIC.’ Gabrielle Zevin, author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow 

‘DAZZLING.’ Elif Shafak, author of The Island of Missing Trees 

Four lives, entwined forever by decisions made in a time of conflict. But what happens decades later when they unexpectedly converge once more? 

It is 1969, and sisters Trang and Quynh watch helplessly as their rural village is transformed by the outbreak of war. Desperate to help their impoverished parents, they head to the thronging city of Sai Gon and join the women working as ‘bar girls’, paid to flirt with American GIs. What follows will test their sisterhood in ways they could never have foreseen.

Decades later Viet Nam is thriving, successfully emerging out of the shadow of war. But Dan and Phong, two men whose lives were transformed by their experiences on different sides of the conflict, are struggling to leave the past behind. 

What happens when these four characters unexpectedly come together once more, and each is forced to grapple with the legacy of decisions made in the past – decisions that continue to reverberate through all their lives?

Dust Child is their unforgettable story.

‘Nguy?n Phan Qu? Mai is one of the most unique storytellers of our time.’ Natalie Jenner, internationally bestselling-author of The Jane Austen Society

A Best Book of the Year according to Book Riot, the Buzz Magazines, Cosmopolitan and Reader’s Digest

A Most Anticipated Title according to Sydney Morning Herald, Salon, NB Magazine and SheReads

Additional information

Weight 570 g
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 3.6 cm










Hardback original


895.92234 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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