Thúy’s debut novel, Ru, was first published in 2009 by Quebec’s Libre Expression, winning the Governor General’s Literary Award for French-language fiction. In 2012, Random House Canada published the English-language version, translated by Sheila Fischman, as part of its New Face of Fiction program.
Chosen by Q&Q editor Stuart Woods, the five First Novel Award nominees are:
- Y, Marjorie Celona (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
- The Rest Is Silence, Scott Fotheringham (Goose Lane Editions)
- People Park, Pasha Malla (House of Anansi Press)
- Malarky, Anakana Schofield (Biblioasis)
- Ru, Kim Thúy; Sheila Fischman, trans. (Vintage Canada)