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United by wars against the United States, yet divided by the economic results and effects of those wars, Vietnam and Japan are the real subjects of Aska Mochizuki’s Knopf Kodansha Prize-winning novel “Spinning Tropics.”

Set in Ho Chih Minh City, the narrative concerns the complications of a woman-woman-man love affair underscored by detailed observations of Vietnamese life, politics and culture.

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