The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Call Number: E184.V53 B85 2017
Publication Date: 2018-04-17
The Best We Could Do, the debut graphic novel by Thi Bui, is an intimate look at one family's journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of the unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through.