Lam's first book, a collection of
interconnected short stories, opens with "How To Get
Into Medical School, Part 1, a story which at first
glance treads familiar territory - an Asian girl of
first generation immigrant parents finds herself
torn between her budding love for fellow medical
student Fitz (an unsuitable boy by dint of him not
being Asian) and her drive to succeed at the highest
level as a medical student.
But, just as one is being lulled into thinking that immigrant assimilation and angst with a topping of young love is to be the order of the day, the story takes a subtle twist that causes the reader to sit up and take note. The following three stories follow a small group of medical students through their training, each story ...
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"I wanted to write
about the way in which a person changes as they
become a physician - how their world view shifts,
and how they become a slightly different version of
themselves in the process of becoming a doctor. I
wanted to write about the reality that doing good
and trying to help others is not simple. It is
ethically complicated and sometimes involves a
reality that can only be expressed by telling a
- Vincent Lam.
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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