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About Monique Truong
Born in Siagon, North Vietnam, in 1968, Monique Truong is a Brooklyn-based writer. Her first novel, The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), was a national bestseller and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award—Barbara Gittings Literature Award, a PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles National Literary Award, an Association for Asian American Studies Poetry/Prose Award, and a Seventh Annual Asian American Literary Award. Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010) is her second novel.
In 2003 The Book of Salt was honored as a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction Book, one of the Village Voice‘s 25 Favorite Books, and one of the Miami Herald‘s Top 10 Books, among other citations. Truong was a PEN/Robert Bingham Fellow, a Princeton University Hodder Fellow, and is now a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow.