Caroline Vu is a Canadian novelist of Vietnamese heritage.[1]

Caroline Vu
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Early life and education


Vu was born in 1959 in Dalat, Vietnam (South Vietnam) and grew up in Saigon. At the age of eleven, she immigrated with her mother and brother to Connecticut. The family later relocated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

She has degrees in political science from McGill University, in Psychology from Concordia University, and in medicine from the University of Montreal.[2]



Vu's writings deal with issues of identity and memory, and immigration from Asia (especially Vietnam) to Canada. Her first novel, Palawan Story, was published by the Deux Voiliers Publishing collective in 2014.[3][4] It won the 2016 Fred Kerner Book Award for the best book by a member of the Canadian Authors Association[5] and was a finalist for the 2014 Concordia University First Book Prize awarded by the Quebec Writers' Federation.[6] Palawan Story was translated and published in French by Les Éditions de la Pleine Lune in August 2017.[7]

The novel takes its name from the island of Palawan in the Philippines, where over half a million Vietnamese refugees were placed in a camp from 1979 to 1993.[8] It tells the story of a young girl named Kim who through a stroke of luck is able to leave the camp at Palawan and build a life for herself first in Connecticut and then in Montreal, struggling as an adult to comprehend the chaotic history of her homeland that she had glimpsed through the eyes of a child.

Vu's second novel, That Summer in Provincetown, was published in 2015 in English by Guernica Editions.[9][10] In 2016, Les Éditions de la Pleine Lune published the French translation, Un été à Provincetown.[7] It is about three generations of a Vietnamese family who immigrate from Vietnam to Canada. As in Vu's first novel, Provincetown gives human insight into Vietnamese history.[1][11][12]

Vu has also published articles in a variety of newspapers, including The Medical Post, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, The Geneva Times, and The Tico Times.[13]


  • Palawan Story (novel) 2014
  • That Summer in Provinceton (novel) 2015
  • Un été à Provincetown (translated novel) 2016 – French translation of That Summer in Provincetown
  • Palawan (translated novel) 2017 – French Translation of Palawan Story
  • Television Voices (short story) 2017

Personal life


Vu practices medicine in Montreal, where she lives with her two daughters.[14] She is the widow of Mario Laguë, who was Canadian ambassador to Costa Rica from 2004 to 2007[15]


  1. ^ a b McGIllis, Ian (15 July 2020). "Caroline Vu's That Summer in Provincetown digs deep into a Vietnamese family's past". montrealgazette. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Caroline Vu". Pleine Lune (in French). Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Sean Michaels emerges as a double QWF finalist; Two other writers pull off the coup of being named to the list twice". The Gazette (Montreal), 15 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Deux Voiliers Publishing's Palawan Story Page". publishing. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Awards: Nino Ricci, Joe Denham, Caroline Vu among CAA Award winners". Quill and Quire. 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Quebec Writers' Federation releases literary award shortlists". Quill and Quire. 16 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Caroline Vu". Pleine Lune (in French). Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Refugee Camps". Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Secrets And War; New novel digs deep into Vietnamese family's complicated past". Calgary Herald, 18 July 2015.
  10. ^ "That Summer in Provincetown - Guernica Editions". Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  11. ^ Shaw, Ian Thomas (1 May 2015). "That Summer in Provincetown by Caroline Vu". ottawareviewofbooks. Archived from the original on 15 August 2020. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  12. ^ Block, Irwin (30 October 2015). "Book review: That Summer in Provincetown". The Senior Times. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Concordia alumna nominated for prestigious First Book Prize - The Concordian". Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Caroline Vu's That Summer in Provincetown digs deep into a Vietnamese family's past". The Gazette. Montreal. 8 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Former expat in Costa Rica launches novel about Vietnam". The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2021.