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2020 - Shortlisted
Lucky Ticket is an accomplished and dazzling debut work of short fiction. Bui has a gift for texture and detail that transports the reader into wildly different locations and characters. From a disabled Vietnamese war veteran living on the streets of Saigon, to a young Argentinian man remembering the night his lover became one of the Disappeared, to immigrants struggling to find their identities in new contexts, or a young couple searching for intimacy within an arranged marriage, Bui’s gaze never falters.
Bui shows remarkable stylistic versatility, featuring a variety of narrative modes and vantage points. By turns funny, moving, and confronting, the richness of Bui‘s writing is balanced by her deftness of touch. This book signals the emergence of a uniquely talented writer.