The Truffle Eye by Vaan Nguyen. Translated by Adriana X Jacobs (Zephyr Press, paperback)
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher Marketing: Vaan Nguyen has said that her poetry is "about points of emotion and shock," and always references both her own biography and her family history. Many of her poems are about sex, often frankly and harshly depicted. But as a Vietnamese-Israeli poet whose parents were among the "boat people" given asylum in Israel in 1979, she explores themes of displacement, emptiness, cruelty, hunger, and identity beneath the surface. Though born in Israel, she lives outside the dominant culture, and her sense of not belonging, along with a pervasive yearning, permeate the book on multiple levels.