Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2023, Cecile Pin's debut novel Wandering Souls (4th Estate) has clearly made its mark on the southeast Asian diaspora, with glowing author endorsements from the likes of Ocean Vuong (On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous), RF Kuang (Yellowface) and Helena Lee (East Side Voices), among many others.

Inspired by Pin's personal family history, Wandering Souls tells the forgotten story of the Vietnamese boat people – southeast Asian refugees who fled post-war Vietnam in the late seventies – and how their collective trauma and loss would both cement them to their history and have lasting impact on generations to come.

In this interview with Current Read host Sam Herbst, Pin speaks about writing during the pandemic, her creative process, the research that went into Wandering Souls and what key message she hopes readers will take from the book.

She also gives us her thoughts on the southeast Asian diaspora, and gives us a sneak peek into what she's working on next.

(and please tell us what you think!)

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14 Aug 2023 English South Africa Books · Entertainment News

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