Headmaster's Wager_Lam

Interview with CBS

‘How To Write a Novel About Your Family’ in Publishers Weekly

“[A] sumptuously plotted first novel… Lam goes for the jugular, combining an operatic love story…with evocations of Vietnam’s occupation by the Japanese and the later horrors of the Vietcong’s persecution of the city of Hue.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Lam, a Canadian whose family lived for a time in Vietnam’s community of Chinese expatriates, is sensitive to the complexities of allegiance, to the impossibility of being impartial, and to the way that, in war, every gambit, no matter how well calculated, entails loss.”
The New Yorker

“Lam writes tellingly about intrigue, political collusion and the clash of

“[A] masterfully paced exploration of a world convulsed by war, wherein faith and reason no longer hold sway.”
Publishers Weekly

“Lam’s straightforward prose draws readers into wartime Saigon, where everyone is on the take and choosing the wrong allies can prove deadly… Readers who enjoyed Denis Johnson’sThe Tree of Smoke will appreciate this Vietnamese view of the conflict.”
Library Journal
(starred review)