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The Headmaster's Wager

A Novel

by Vincent Lam

The Headmaster's Wager
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    Aug 2012, 416 pages
    May 2013, 448 pages

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Dr. Vincent Lam Tells his Grandfather's Story

Although Dr. Vincent Lam was born in Canada, he is "of the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam." Lam is an emergency physician in Toronto, as well as a lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Other medical jobs have included international air evacuation and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships. Lam has written non-fiction and short stories; The Headmaster's Wager is his first novel.

Dr. Vincent Lam The book is inspired by the experiences of Lam's grandfather. Although Lam did not grow up in Vietnam, his parents were born there, and his grandfather lived and worked there. Lam grew up listening to stories about life in Vietnam and specifically about the Vietnam War. The stories were fascinating, dramatic and full of chaos. His parents later left Vietnam to come to Canada. Lam says that he knew he wanted to someday write a novel about it all. But for a long time he didn't feel ready. He felt inexperienced in both life and as a ...

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