Birth Stories

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Thi Bui


“You Forget How Painful It Is” — An After-Birth Story from THE BEST WE COULD DO


This event is such a blur to me now. I’m glad I recorded it, because it was the change that made the rest of the book possible. Change can be traumatic, but it is also transformative.

Excerpted from The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui (c) Abrams ComicArts, 2017

“Thi Bui’s stark, compelling memoir is about an ordinary family, but her story delivers the painful truth that most Vietnamese of the 20th century know in an utterly personal fashion—that history is found in the marrow of one’s bones, ready to be passed on through blood, through generations, through feelings. A book to break your heart and heal it.”

— Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist

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About the Author

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and law and thought about becoming a civil rights lawyer, but became a public school teacher instead. Bui lives in Berkeley, California, with her son, her husband, and her mother. The Best We Could Do is her debut graphic novel.

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