Maine 201 Book Club: Phuc Tran


Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

From 5.30 pm until 6.30 pm

Phuc Tran learned early in his move to small town Pennsylvania that fitting in was never going to be easy. Starting with his name. He writes candidly about his cross-cultural experiences, his love for language and literature, and the divide between his parents's immigrant experience in the United States and his own. Tran forged his own path through life and now lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and daughters. He teaches Classics and works as a professional tattoo artist.

The book club discussion is on Monday, November 22 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such asThe Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, and teenage rebellion, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents.


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