A Banh Mi for Two (Paperback)

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In this sweet sapphic romance about two foodies in love, Vivi meets Lan while studying abroad in Vietnam and they spend the semester unraveling their families' histories—and eating all the street food in Sài Gòn.

In Sài Gòn, Lan is always trying to be the perfect daughter, dependable and willing to care for her widowed mother and their bánh mì stall. Her secret passion, however, is A Bánh Mì for Two, the food blog she started with her father, but has stopped updating since his passing.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese American Vivi Huynh, has never been to Việt Nam. Her parents rarely even talk about the homeland that clearly haunts them. So Vivi secretly goes to Vietnam for a study abroad program her freshman year of college. She’s determined to figure out why her parents left, and to try everything she’s seen on her favorite food blog, A Bánh Mì for Two.

When Vivi and Lan meet in Sài Gòn, they strike a deal. Lan will show Vivi around the city, helping her piece together her mother’s story through crumbling photographs and old memories. Vivi will help Lan start writing again so she can enter a food blogging contest. And slowly, as they explore the city and their pasts, Vivi and Lan fall in love.

Trinity Nguyen is a Vietnamese American author and a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College. She writes messy diaspora kids and queer girls with big smiles and big hearts, and currently lives in Southern California with her cats. A Bánh Mì for Two is her debut novel.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250910837
ISBN-10: 1250910838
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English

“In A Bánh Mì for Two, Trinity Nguyen brings Sài Gòn to life on the page. The sights, the people, and, most importantly, the food, capture your heart just as much as the blossoming sapphic romance. A beautiful story of family, love, and home.” —Rachael Lippincott, New York Times–bestselling author of Five Feet Apart and She Gets the Girl

“Sweet and swoony, thoughtful and real, A Bánh Mì for Two is perfect for anyone who’s ever yearned for something, but never quite found it, until the right person came along.” —Adib Khorram, award–winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

“Nguyen intricately weaves an exploration of Vietnamese American identity in this charming coming-of-age story. Readers will experience the exuberance of young love while taking a delicious trip through Sài Gòn.” —Julie Tieu, author of The Donut Trap

“A Bánh Mì for Two is a deliciously sweet read! I adored this emotional story about two girls finding love in each other and in the noisy city at the center of their families’ hearts.” —Trang Thanh Tran, New York Times-bestselling author of She Is a Haunting

“Deeply romantic and evocative, with a voice as fresh as a warm baguette, Trinity Nguyen’s debut is a love letter to Viet girls and Saì Gòn that you won’t soon forget.” —Michelle Quach, author of Not Here to Be Liked

“A delicious treat of a debut, A Bánh Mì for Two is filled with sweet romance, hearty familial love, and a rich exploration of the meaning of home. Vivi and Lan’s respective arcs beautifully complement one another, creating the perfect recipe for them as a couple.” —Racquel Marie, author of Ophelia After All

“Never have I ever yearned to fall in love on the back of a scooter before. Full of romantic conviction, Trinity Nguyen's debut is a tender balm against diaspora loss. This book has been a joy to witness come to fruition.” —Carolyn Huynh, author of The Fortunes of Jaded Women

“Sweet, tender, and oh-so-delicious, readers will fall in love with Vivi and Lan's heartfelt and intimate romance while they explore food, their culture, and eventually--each other. Trinity Nguyen's A Báhn Mì for Two will leave you swooning and hungry for more of her work!" —Hannah V. Sawyerr, author of All the Fighting Parts