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Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen: A Book Review

Bronze Drum Author: Phong Nguyen Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Release Date: 2022 Pages: 402 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis: In 40 CE, in the Au Lac region of ancient Vietnam, two daughters of a Vietnamese Lord fill their days training, studying, and trying to stay true to Vietnamese traditions. While Trung Trac is disciplined and wise, always excelling in her duty, Trung Nhi is fierce and free spirited, more concerned with spending time in the gardens and with lovers.      But these sister's lives—and the lives of their people—are shadowed by the oppressive rule of the Han Chinese. They are forced to adopt Confucian teachings, secure marriages, and pay ever‑increasing taxes. As the peoples' frustration boils over, the country comes ever closer to the edge of war.      When Trung Trac and Trung Nhi's father is executed, their world comes crashing down around them. With no men to save them against the Ha
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