“I began to record our family history…thinking that if I bridged the gap between the past and the present, I could fill the void between my parents and me.”
—Thi Bui in The Best We Could Do
Join us for a virtual talk and Q&A with this year’s Big Read featured author, Thi Bui as she discusses this award-winning graphic memoir.
Before she began to work on The Best We Could Do in 2005, Thi Bui had never drawn a comic in her life. Twelve years later, the debut graphic memoir would be released to widespread acclaim from critics and literary heavyweights alike. An American Book Award winner, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, and an Eisner Award finalist in reality-based comics, Bui’s memoir traces her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and their effort to build new lives for themselves in America. Bui documents parental sacrifice, excavates family histories, and grapples with the inherited struggles of displacement and diaspora.
This event is part of Miami Book Fair’s 2022 Big Read program, presented in partnership with Hopewell Valley Regional School District and Pennington Public Library.