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The Best We Could Do A N I L LU S T R AT E D M E M O I R ■ ■ BY T H I B U I

An intimate and moving portrait of one family’s journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to new lives in America S E LLING POINTS ■■ There’s growing interest in Asian American literature, particularly graphic novels such as American Born Chinese, winner of the Printz Award, and Boxers & Saints, a National Book Award finalist ■■ Dealing with themes of immigration and displacement, The Best We Could Do also “Likely to be on more

speaks to the universal themes

than a few ‘10 Best’

of growing up, fitting in, and the

lists for 2017. The

connection between generations

Best We Could Do is a

of family

powerful and intimate look at the modern immigrant experience in America.” —ICv2

■■ Thi Bui’s graphic novel memoir reveals an often-untold side of the Vietnam War—the story of refugees trying to escape and create a better life, told from a female point of view

S PECIFICATIONS 2-color illustrations throughout 336 pages, 6½ × 9" Hardcover with jacket RIGHTS: WORLD


PUB MONTH: MARCH he Best We Could Do explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child. Thi Bui documents

her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s

and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves in America. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: adjusting to

GRAPHIC NOVEL • MEMOIR • WOMEN’S STUDIES ISBN 978-1-4197-1877-9 ISBN 978-1-4197-1877-9 US $24.95  CAN $29.95 52495 9 781419 718779

life as a first-time mother. With haunting, poetic writing, and breathtaking art, The Best We Could Do examines the strength of family, the impor-

ISBN 978-1-61312-930-2

tance of identity, and the meaning of home, providing inspiration to all who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past. Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and legal studies and wanted to be a civil rights lawyer but became a public school teacher instead. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her son, her husband, and her mother. The Best We Could Do is her debut graphic novel.

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