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December 2023: When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain




Order the book through your local bookstore, online, or check your local library for digital and physical loans.


Context Links

  • Truth as Fiction: When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (Tor)

  • Milwaukee Public Library Interview with Nghi Vo (YouTube)

  • Los Angeles Public Library Interview With an Author: Nghi Vo (LAPL)

  • Folk Tales within Folk Tales in “When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain” (Chicago Review of Books)

Guiding Questions

  • How does queerness exist or not exist in this novella?

  • How does the novella subvert gender norms?

  • This novella uses the story-within-a-story format. What are books have you read that effectively use this format? How effective did Nghi Vo use the strategy in this novella?

  • A recurring theme in this novella is challenging bias. How do the characters handle bias? How do they challenge it? How do they reconcile bias?



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