Quote of the Week: Book Banning in Amerika

So it was with somewhat mixed feelings that I learned some American high school teachers assign “The Sympathizer” as required reading in their classes. For the most part, I’m delighted. But then I worry: I don’t want to be anyone’s homework. I don’t want my book to be broccoli.

I was reassured, however, when a first-year college student approached me at an event to tell me she had read my novel in high school.

“Honestly,” she said, “all I remember is when the sympathizer has sex with a squid.”

Mission accomplished.

(Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of “The Sympathizer,” in My Young Mind Was Disturbed by a Book. It Changed my Life)

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