Caroline Vu

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Caroline Vu
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Caroline Vu is a Canadian novelist of Vietnamese heritage.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Vu was born in 1959 in Dalat, Vietnam (South Vietnam) and grew up in Saigon. At the age of eleven, she immigrated with her mother and brother to Connecticut where her mother worked on as a resident physician. At the age of thirteen, the family relocated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Vu's writings deal with issues of identity and memory, and immigration from Asia (especially Vietnam) to Canada. Her first novel, Palawan Story, was published by the Deux Voiliers Publishing collective in 2014.[2] It won the 2016 Fred Kerner Book Award for the best book by a member of the Canadian Authors Association.[3] It was a finalist for the 2014 Concordia University First Book Prize awarded by the Quebec Writers' Federation.[4] Palawan Story was translated and published in French by Les Éditions de la Pleine Lune in August 2017.

Vu's second novel, That Summer in Provincetown, was published in 2015 in English by Guernica Editions.[5] In 2016, Les Éditions de la Pleine Lune published the French translation, Un été à Provincetown. It is about three generations of a Vietnamese family who immigrate from Vietnam to Canada.


  • Palawan Story (novel) 2014
  • That Summer in Provinceton (novel) 2015
  • Un été à Provincetown (translated novel) 2016 - French translation of That Summer in Provincetown
  • Palawan (translated novel) 2017 - French Translation of Palawan Story
  • Television Voices (short story) 2017

Personal life[edit]

Vu practices medicine in Montreal, where she lives with her two daughters.[1] She is the widow of Mario Laguë, a former Canadian ambassador to Costa Rica and the director of communications to Michael Ignatieff, the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Caroline Vu's That Summer in Provincetown digs deep into a Vietnamese family's past". Montreal Gazette. July 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Sean Michaels emerges as a double QWF finalist; Two other writers pull off the coup of being named to the list twice". Montreal Gazette, October 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "Awards: Nino Ricci, Joe Denham, Caroline Vu among CAA Award winners". Quill and Quire. June 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "Quebec Writers' Federation releases literary award shortlists". Quill and Quire. October 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Secrets And War; New novel digs deep into Vietnamese family's complicated past". Calgary Herald, July 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Key Ignatieff aide dies in motorcycle crash". Toronto Star. August 12, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2017.