The Best We Could Do

An Illustrated Memoir



ISBN: 9781419718786 Category:

Thi Bui


“A book to break your heart and heal it.” – Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

? 4 starred reviews ? Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness

An ABA Indies Introduce Winter/ Spring 2017 Selection

A Summer 2017 Indie Next Selection

Now in paperback, Thi Bui’s critically acclaimed and beautifully illustrated story of her family’s journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and family, Bui documents the difficulties immigrants face as they build new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: adjusting to life as a first-time mother. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, The Best We Could Do examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home, providing inspiration to all who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

Additional information

Weight 712 g
Dimensions 16.6 x 23.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 May 2018
Number of pages 344
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 16.6 x 23.1 cm
Weight 712 g


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Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and legal studies and at one point wanted to be a civil rights lawyer, but became a public school teacher instead. Bui lives in Berkeley, California, with her son, her husband, and her mother. The Best We Could Do is her debut graphic novel.