Reading by Angie Chau

Presented as part of CCA's HearSay Reading Series
March 8, 2011, 7:30–9:30 pm
Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus


Angie Chau is the author of Quiet As They Come, a beautiful, brutal, and humorous portrait of ordinary people caught between two cultures. Set in San Francisco from the 1980s to the present day, this debut collection explores the lives of Vietnamese immigrants as they struggle to adjust to life in their new country. As a result of history and circumstances, three families are forced to share a Victorian house in San Francisco's Sunset District. While some are able to survive and assimilate, others are crushed by the false promise of the American Dream.

Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street, says: "Heartbreaking tales of ordinary people lost between the extraordinary circumstances of history. Bitter and beautiful all at once."

Carolina De Robertis, author of The Invisible Mountain, says: "This deeply moving collection of stories hums and glows. . . . Chau navigates her characters' lives—their tragedy and humor, longings and furies, vast losses and secret beauties—with grace, skill, and ferocious compassion. Quiet As They Come announces the arrival of an astonishing literary talent with a great deal to say about the intricacies of family life, coming of age, emigration, and—above all—the treasures buried in the human heart."