a good read for a rainy day…

or any kind of day really…

Recently a friend of a friend published her first novel. Exciting in itself but also excitingly I’ve just finished it and found it a damn good read to boot – an evocative and insightful journey of love and moving on from loss set in post-embargo era Vietnam.

The Rainy Season by Myfanwy Jones should not disappoint, go buy it.

‘Jones, who worked in Saigon in the 1990s, brings Saigon to life: the urban chaos, the stench and grime of poverty, the sickening humidity. The prose is quick and light; The Rainy Season is a diverting read… moving for its earnestness and emotional authenticity.’

‘The Rainy Season is successful on many levels. Primarily, it’s the story of a young woman coming to terms with her feelings of rejection and gaining a sense of herself; but it’s also a vivid picture of expatriate life, the exuberance and recklessness of youth, a tortured country coming to terms with change, and the agony of the once-young fighters who were largely reviled or unacknowledged when they got home. Finally, it is a vibrant description of a lively, chaotic and contradictory city and culture. A wonderful achievement.’

‘She captures the people, their customs and idiosyncrasies with authenticity and humour which makes for an interesting insight into the country. Her writing is bright and crisp and avoids gushy sentimentality… In a word: Entertaining!’


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