Over at NPR's site, Alan has posted his Summer Reading Suggestions. Included in his many picks is Nam Le's The Boat, which has received a lot of attention lately online.
"Born in Vietnam, raised in Australia and educated at the Iowa Writers Workshop, short-story writer Nam Le writes broad, embracing stories featuring a wide range of characters, including Vietnamese émigrés; Australian high school kids; Colombian drug lords and New York intellectuals. The vast scope of his debut collection is matched only by his prodigal talent. A lawyer by training, Le is about to return to Australia, where he plans to continue work on a novel in progress."