Winner of the Pulitzer Prize: “Uncannily perceptive stories written by an American from the viewpoint of Vietnamese citizens transplanted to Louisiana” (People).

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
by Robert Olen Butler
4.4 Stars (130 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Literary Fiction | United States | Short Stories

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is Robert Olen Butler’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of lyrical and poignant stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its enduring impact on the Vietnamese. Written in a soaring prose, Butler’s haunting and powerful stories blend Vietnamese folklore and contemporary American realities, creating a vibrant panorama that is epic in its scope. This new edition includes two previously uncollected stories — “Missing” and “Salem” — that brilliantly complete the collection’s narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam to explore the experiences of a former Vietcong soldier and an American MIA.

“Deeply affecting… A brilliant collection of stories about storytellers whose recited folklore radiates as implicit prayer… One of the strongest collections I’ve read in ages.” — Ann Beattie

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