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Loan Le holds an MFA degree in fiction from Fairfield University, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree. A Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, Loan has had her short stories appear in CRAFT Literary, Mud Season Review, and more. Loan works in book publishing and lives in Manhattan. A Phở Love Story is her first novel. Visit her website at writerloanle.me and find her on Twitter @loanloan.
Author Name Pronunciation
Pronunciation (English): Lone Lee
Both English and Vietnamese pronunciations are acceptable!
How to Pronounce Phở
Many people think phở is “foe,” but it’s actually closer to “fuh” since the ơ is “uh.” Link here.
The hook above that you see (dấu hỏi in Vietnamese) indicates how the pitch goes up and sort of loops around. The sound is similar to a questioning intonation. Just pretend like you’re asking a question.
Reviews for A Phở Love Story
“A love letter to [Loan Le’s] heritage. . . . Readers will experience a gambit of emotions while reading this stirring novel, including hunger, loss, and finally, unadulterated joy.” —Booklist, starred review
“Debut author Le creates a warm, full-bodied take on the star-crossed-lovers rom-com genre. Universal growing pains and questioning of identity are explored alongside the experiences of being children of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants. Strong family dynamics and community ties, and the supportive relationships they bring, are layered and affirming. Hearty and heartwarming.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Set in the Bolsa neighborhood of Westminster, CA, this romantic comedy, told in alternating first-person chapters, is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet that serves up family secrets and self-discovery with a side of hoisin sauce. . . . In and out of school, Linh and Bao’s burgeoning friendship believably turns into something more. Side characters are sparely rendered, allowing the spotlight to shine on Bao, a refreshingly sensitive masculine love interest, and Linh, whose love of painting is in conflict with her fear of not meeting her family’s expectations. The book’s explorations of immigration, racism, and family history move the plot forward. . . . Linh’s and Bao’s character growth is as satisfying as a bowl of pho. Readers will appreciate the food references and the Vietnamese language interspersed throughout the book. VERDICT Purchase where light romance or #OwnVoices books are in demand. Hand to fans of Sandhya Menon or Emma Lord.” —School Library Journal
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