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Yasuko Nguyen Thanh is a Canadian novelist and short story writer born June 30, 1971 in Victoria, British Columbia to a German mother and a Vietnamese father.
Thanh's short story collection, Floating Like the Dead (McClelland &Stewart 2012), which includes the Journey Prize-winning title story, was on Quill & Quire's list of best books of 2012.The National Post wrote that "Yasuko Thanh impresses above all with the thematic complexity of her approach."
Floating Like the Dead was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the BC Book Prize, and a selection won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. She was named one of ten CBC Books' writers to watch in 2013.
Thanh's debut novel, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, forthcoming with Penguin's Hamish Hamilton Imprint in 2015, is based on Thanh's family stories and the real-life Hanoi Poisoning Plot of 1908. The story opens in Saigon’s French garrison and crosses the breadth of Vietnam’s dangerous and beautiful landscape. Thanh's publisher states, "Thanh writes with uncommon poignancy of the mercurial nature of power and passion, the price of insurrection, and the perils of falling in love in the midst of war."