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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
19 THE BOAT NAM LE Nam Le is a natural storyteller, whose wonderful debut collection of seven short stories seamlessly moves between six continents. The first story is pseudo autobiographical -- the character is Nam, a writing student at Idaho University struggling to finish a story for a workshop when his father turns up for a visit. The others are just as well written, including a story surrounding a teenage hitman in Columbia, a terminally ill artist in New York whose only daughter is lost to him and a boy coming of age in a small Victorian town. Nam Le is considered one of Australia's hottest literary talents, and this collection of short stories is eye opening and compelling. ' Nam Le is considered one of Australia's hottest literary talents'