Second Tuesday Reading Group read The happiest refugee by Anh Do

A memoir of a young family that escapes from Vietnam, the book tracks their journey to Australia and their experiences “settling in” to Australia.

The group knew Anh Do as a comedian and knew parts of his story so were keen to read the “full story”. The book was as funny as expected and extremely easy to read. We all wanted to keep reading and got absorbed by the storylines.

Anh Do’s most admirable quality is his positivity and ability to be thankful or see value in all his experiences.

Some readers thought that the negative and difficult experiences may have been glossed over, but as he is a comedian, the writer wanted to keep the book funny and “happy”.

Readers were surprised at the lack of racism that Anh says he wasn’t exposed to. All readers thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.