Pride on the Page: Author Talk with Eric Nguyen *IN-PERSON*

Loyalty Bookstores and Montgomery County HIV/STI are joining forces to bring you an evening with Eric Nguyen, local bestselling author, as part of Montgomery County's Pride in the Plaza celebrations. Join us on Tuesday, June 21, at 7 PM ET at the Montgomery College Cafritz Foundation Arts Center!


Join Loyalty Bookstores for a book talk by local author Eric Nguyen. Eric Nguyen is a Montgomery County resident and member of the LGBTQ+ community. His debut novel, "Things We Lost to the Water," was featured on Obama's Favorite Books of 2021. He has been awarded fellowships from Lambda Literary, Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA), and the Tin House Writers Workshop. He is the editor in chief of diaCRITICS. A door raffle will award some lucky attendees with a free copy of Nguyen's book. You can register for the event here. If you'd like a chance to read the book before the event, you can order a copy below. We will also have additional copies for sale at the event.


A captivating novel about an immigrant Vietnamese family who settles in New Orleans and struggles to remain connected to one another as their lives are inextricably reshaped. This stunning debut is "vast in scale and ambition, while luscious and inviting … in its intimacy” (The New York Times Book Review).

When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. As she and her boys begin to settle in to life in America, she continues to send letters and tapes back to Cong, hopeful that they will be reunited and her children will grow up with a father.

But with time, Huong realizes she will never see her husband again. While she attempts to come to terms with this loss, her sons, Tuan and Binh, grow up in their absent father's shadow, haunted by a man and a country trapped in their memories and imaginations. As they push forward, the three adapt to life in America in different ways: Huong gets involved with a Vietnamese car salesman who is also new in town; Tuan tries to connect with his heritage by joining a local Vietnamese gang; and Binh, now going by Ben, embraces his adopted homeland and his burgeoning sexuality. Their search for identity--as individuals and as a family--threatens to tear them apart, un­til disaster strikes the city they now call home and they are suddenly forced to find a new way to come together and honor the ties that bind them.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Montgomery College Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
930 King Street #101
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Things We Lost to the Water: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593311035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 26th, 2022