|About the Book|
When Vinh Tien and Binh Pham arrive in New Orleans shortly after the fall of Saigon in 1975, they find they have three strikes against them: They’re immigrants. They’re Vietnamese. And they’re Gay.Orphaned in America’s most divisive war, they areMoreWhen Vinh Tien and Binh Pham arrive in New Orleans shortly after the fall of Saigon in 1975, they find they have three strikes against them: They’re immigrants. They’re Vietnamese. And they’re Gay.Orphaned in America’s most divisive war, they are among the many refugees invited to resettle in the city by the Archdiocese and a state program celebrating Louisiana’s French roots. Vinh teaches French at a Catholic all-girls’ high school, and Binh cooks at Lucky Cheng’s, a notorious drag-queen restaurant in the Quarter.Vinh and Binh arrive in New Orleans at the dawn of Southern Decadence, during the Gay Golden Age – the years between Stonewall and the outbreak of the AIDS crisis. They move into a camelback double shotgun on Rue Dauphine. Their next-door neighbor and landlord, Bill Ardoin, a French professor at Newcomb College, is a grieving widower who has just returned home to New Orleans from Paris where he scattered the ashes of his longtime companion.As Vinh and Binh battle to be accepted in their adopted homeland, Bill becomes their reluctant champion, while himself battling the increased isolation that comes from age, loneliness, and alcoholism. In his world, many of the men bear wartime wounds, causing them to greet the influx of Vietnamese to New Orleans with hatred and fear.After Bill dies and leaves his estate to Vinh, the knives come out all the way from Abbeville, where Bill’s estranged sister, with the help of Bill’s New Orleans friends, is determined to keep the property out of the hands of the two gay Vietnamese men.Set in New Orleans, Paris, and Louisiana’s famed Cajun heartland, Rue Dauphine is the story of countless immigrants who flee war-torn homelands for a piece of the American Dream. It is a story of late 20th century New Orleans, a gay-friendly city filled with colorful personas. With unexpected plot twists and turns, Rue Dauphine is a page-turning story of triumph and tragedy.