Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains
Toronto: Hamish Hamilton, 2016.
9th floor PS8639 .H375 M97 2016
Vietnam is a haunted country, and Dr. Nguyen Georges-Minh is a haunted man. In 1908, the French rule Saigon, but uneasily; dissent whispers through the alleyways of the city. Each day, more Vietnamese rebels are paraded through the streets towards the gleaming blade of the guillotine, now a permanent fixture in the main square and a gruesome warning to those who would attempt to challenge colonial rule.
Yasuko Thanh transports us to a vivid, historical Vietnam, one that is filled with dangerous streets, colourful marketplaces, and smoky opium dens … and angry ghosts that exist side by side with the living.
Awards and Honours
2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (Winner)
2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award (Finalist)