Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 20, 2021

Book Giveaway: The Sweetest Fruits, by Monique Truong

Here’s another giveaway offer from new publishing venture Upswell Press.

You will remember my post about the Mildura LitFest, in which I shared the news that readers can subscribe to this year’s list of three books which include The Sweetest Fruits by Vietnamese-American author Monique Truong. The Sweetest Fruits is scheduled for publication by Upswell on September 20th.

About the book:

With brilliant sensitivity and an unstinting eye, The Sweetest Fruits illuminates three women’s tenacity and their struggles in a novel that circumnavigates the globe in the search for love, family, home and belonging.

In The Sweetest Fruits, three women, Rosa, Alethea, and Setsu, tell the story of their life with Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904), a globetrotting Greek-Irish writer best known as the author of America’s first Creole cookbook and for his many volumes about the folklore and ghost stories of Meiji Era Japan. In their own unorthodox ways, the three women are also intrepid travellers and explorers. Their accounts witness Hearn’s remarkable life but also seek to witness their own existence and luminous will to live unbounded by gender, race, and the mores of their time. Each is a gifted storyteller with her own precise reason for sharing her story, and together their voices offer a revealing, often contradictory portrait of Hearn.

About the author:

Monique Truong is the Vietnamese American author of the bestselling, award-winning novels The Book of Salt, Bitter in the Mouth and The Sweetest Fruits. She’s also a former refugee, essayist, avid eater, lyricist/ librettist, and intellectual property attorney (more or less in that order).

Praise for The Sweetest Fruits:

See the review at The New York Times  and other reviewers at Truong’s website.

Interested? Please add your name to the comments below, and I’ll draw the winners at the end of next week.  All entries from readers with an Australian postcode for delivery will be eligible but it is a condition of entry that if you are the winner, you must contact me with a postal address by the deadline that will be specified in the blog post that announces the winner. (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met). Your postal address will be forwarded to the publisher who will then send you the book.

Good luck everybody!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book. Nicole Hilder


  2. Bryn Hammond with a NSW postcode (didn’t quite understand whether to put this in)
    Thanks for the opportunity!


    • Good luck, Bryn:)
      Re the postcode, it’s just to alert people to the eligibility, because postage costs outside Australia can cost more than the book. If you win, that’s when you privately provide your address.

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  3. This sounds lovely. You can toss my name into the hat please. Thank you.


  4. This looks great and the cover is beautiful!


  5. This totally sounds like my kind of read! Count me in


  6. Years ago I read a fascinating book (In Ghostly Japan) by Lafcadio Hearn My interest is definitely piqued by your summary of Monique Truong’s book.


  7. Sounds good, would love to be in the running.


  8. Oh! Yes please :-)


  9. Please include me – sounds great!


  10. Me too, thanks.


  11. This sounds like a really interesting review!


  12. Liz Dorrington.
    This sounds like some a beautiful book!


    • I’ll enter you in the drawn Liz:)


  13. Liz Dorrington
    This book sounds like it will be sweet but also bitter sweet.


  14. […] If you missed out this time, there’s still a current giveaway for Book Giveaway: The Sweetest Fruits, by Monique Truong, also from Upswell Publishing.  […]


  15. Willow Croft sending out a broadcast… :-)


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