Like Viet Thanh Nguyen’s acclaimed The Sympathizer, VietnamEazy captures with startling honesty and detail the dizzying dislocation that so many Vietnamese arrivals in the United States have experienced and, like Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, explores the age-old mysteries of the mother-daughter relationship. It tells the story of Kieu, a Vietnamese-American woman, and her quest for success on a TV cooking show, introducing the intoxicating allure of Vietnamese food to a general audience, interwoven with the haunting, sorrowful tale of her family and upbringing. This is a universal tale of redemption that mothers and daughters can read together and discuss, preferably over a steaming bowl of pho.
Trami Nguyen Cron was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and when she was eight years old left Vietnam with her family for France. Three years later, they settled in the United States.
Trami, a longtime resident of Northern California, is the founder of Chopsticks Alley, an international foodie group promoting restaurants and hosting events for members while raising funds to support homeless kids in the Silicon Valley. She is a successful entrepreneur, having started numerous businesses in Northern California, and serves as the philanthropy director for the Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate Pageant.
When asked about why she wanted to author a book about the Vietnamese experience, Trami responded, I wanted to write about all that is beautiful and unique about Vietnam from its culture to its food. I want to share stories about the people of Vietnam that have nothing to do with the Vietnam War.”