Traumatized by his political re-education at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. In this follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sympathizer, he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese "aunt," finding stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, and the Sympathizer will need all his wits and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.
"A quirky intellectual crime story that highlights the Vietnam War's complex legacy."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)