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May 2016: The Four Words for Home has been short-listed for Stanford University Libraries’ William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

February 2016: “Six Syllables,” the essay that originally appeared in The Asian American Literary Review, became the Prologue for The Four Words for Home. Excited that it will be reprinted in a forthcoming anthology curated and edited by Tina Schumann, focused on the experience of second-generation immigrants. From Tina Schumann: “It is with great pride and humility that I announce that Red Hen Press will be publishing (in the fall of 2017) the anthology I have curated and edited for the last three years titled Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. An anthology of Flash Memoir, Personal Essays and Poetry. I am eternally grateful to the sixty-seven contributors and their fine work.”

July 2015: The Four Words for Home short-listed for the International Rubery Book Award, in the nonfiction category. The judges prasied The Four Words for Home: “This is a compelling, beautifully written book, written by a journalist with a Chinese background, principally about the lifestyle and politics of an American Afghanistan family in a post 9/11 world and the mental health issues affecting the author’s own family. … It’s a deeply-felt exploration of migration, family ties and the desire to hold on to history and tradition.”

July 2015: The Four Words for Home is available on Amazon Kindle.

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April 30, 2015: The Four Words for Home wins at IPPY Award! The book is named a 2015 Bronze Medalist in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, in the Multicultural Non-fiction Adult category.

March 2014: The Four Words for Home in the Wellesley Centers for Women The Women’s Review of Books.

November 2014: The Four Words for Home nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

August 19, 2014: The Four Words for Home reviewed by The Rumpus: “Angie Chuang’s The Four Words for Home is precisely the sort of book the literary community is referring to when diversity of voices comes into question. This isn’t a book written about the immigrant experience, or about the female condition in post-Taliban Afghanistan, but an empathetic and lived experience of a writer situated uniquely at an intersection of one and another, of here and there, of insider and outsider. There are too few books like it.”

March 12, 2014: The Four Words for Home goes on sale.

February 1, 2014: The Four Words for Home in Los Angeles Review of Books: “Chuang brings us into the private lives of an Afghan family, truly giving us that human face her editor demanded.”

November 4, 2013: The Oregonian, which assigned Angie to the story in 2001 that launched The Four Words for Home, ran this short item, ‘Former reporter Angie Chuang has book coming next year.”

October 30, 2013: American University School of Communication’s homepage features “The Smell of Bread, the Power of Memory,” an article about faculty member Angie Chuang’s journey from reporting to book.