The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

November 25, 2020
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 SelectionBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017SelectionAn intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying onefamily’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author ThiBui.This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocativememoir about the search for a better future and a longing for thepast. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effectsthat displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents thestory of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnamin the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new livesfor themselves.At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: Whileadjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discoverswhat it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticedgestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossibleit seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent andchild, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing andbreathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, theimportance of identity, and the meaning of home.In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls“a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Dobrings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and providesinspiration to all of those who search for a better future whilelonging for a simpler past.