Congratulations to Caroline Vu whose recently published third novel, Catinat Boulevard, was a finalist for the Quebec Writers Federation’s Hugh McLennan Prize.
Catinat Boulevard was published by Guernica Editions in September. Author, Cora Sire, calls it “compelling, intense and audaciously vivid.” Publisher, Guernica Editions, describe the novel as ‘Beginning in Saigon during the Vietnam War and ending in present day New York, Catinat Boulevard tells the story of two friends Mai and Mai Ly. While Mai flirts with American GIs in rowdy bars along Catinat Boulevard, Mai Ly joins the communist resistance in the jungle. The story also follows Nat, Mai’s half Vietnamese-half African-American son abandoned in a Saigon orphanage.’
The prize nomination for Catinat Boulevard follows previous awards success for Caroline’s debut novel, Palawan Story, which won the Canadian Authors Association’s Fred Kerner Prize and was a finalist for the Prix de la diversité-Métropolis Bleu.
It is great to see Caroline’s storytelling prowess being recognised and finding more and more readers.
Caroline Vu was shortlisted for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize with her story, Television Voices. It is published in the 10th Bristol Short Story Prize by Tangent Books: https://www.tangentbooks.co.uk/shop/bristol-short-story-prize-volume-10