April 10, 2024
Bronze Drum: A Novel of Sisters and War by Phong Nguyen
In 40 CE, in the Au Lac region of ancient Vietnam, two daughters of a Vietnamese Lord Trung Trac and Trung Nhi are shadowed by the oppressive rule of the Han Chinese. Their father is executed, and they must rise and unite the women of Vietnam into an army.
The Bronze Drum is a true story of standing up for one’s people, culture, and country that has been passed down through generations of Vietnamese families through oral tradition. Nguyen’s breathtaking novel takes these real women out of legends and celebrates their loves, losses, and resilience in this inspirational story of women’s strength and power even in the face of the greatest obstacles.