Vietnam | 2006
Monique Truong was born in Saigon in 1968 and moved to the United States at age six. She graduated from Yale University and the Columbia University School of Law, going on to specialize in intellectual property law. Truong coedited the anthology Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose. Her first novel, The Book of Salt, a New York Times Notable Book, has been awarded the Bard Fiction Prize, Stonewall Book Award, New York Public Library Young Lions Award, Asian American Literary Award, PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and a PEN Robert Bingham Fellowship, among other honors. She lives in Brooklyn and is at work on her second novel, Bitter in the Mouth.