E. M. Tran - Daughters of the New Year

Celebration for E. M. Tran's Daughters of the New Year

The Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to announce local author and friend E.M. Tran celebrating the release of her debut novel, Daughters of the New Year, a lively, spellbinding tale about the extraordinary women within a Vietnamese immigrant family—and the ancient zodiac legend that binds them together.

The event is open to the public and will begin at 6:00 PM with a welcome reception featuring light bites and select wines followed by a spirited discussion between Tran and fellow author and friend Maurice Carlos Ruffins. Tran will be available afterward to meet & greet guests and personalize copies of Daughters of the New Year. Books will be available for purchase through The Garden District Book Shop.

What does the future hold for those born in the years of the Dragon, Tiger, and Goat? In present day New Orleans, Xuan Trung, former beauty queen-turned-refugee after the Fall of Saigon, is obsessed with divining her daughters' fates through their Vietnamese zodiac signs. But Trac, Nhi, and Trieu diverge completely from their immigrant parents' expectations. Successful lawyer Trac hides her sexuality from her family; Nhi competes as the only woman of color on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show; and Trieu, a budding writer, is determined to learn more about her familial and cultural history.

As the three sisters each begin to encounter strange glimpses of long-buried secrets from their ancestors, the story of the Trung women unfurls to reveal the dramatic events that brought them to America. Moving backwards in time, E.M. Tran takes readers into the high school classrooms of New Orleans, to Saigon beauty pageants, to twentieth century rubber plantations, traversing a century as the Trungs are both estranged and united by the ghosts of their tumultuous history. A “haunted story of resilience and survival” (Meng Jin, Little Gods), Daughters of the New Year is an addictive, highwire act of storytelling and mythmaking, illuminating a lineage of extraordinary women fighting to reclaim the power they’ve been stripped of for centuries.

All citywide-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place.

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130