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War Yearsfrom The Refugeesby Viet Thanh Nguyen
War Years from The Refugeesby Viet Thanh Nguyen
“What?” My mother’s brow furrowed. “If I can’t pronounce it, my customers won’t buy it. Now go stamp the prices on those cans.”
“They’re just going to ask for a lower price.”
“Our customers are cutting back on everything, what with the recession and the gas prices. And our daughter’s in college. Her tuition is like a down payment on a house every year.”
“I struggle making ends meet, too.”
“I’ve dealt with worse than her.”
“The war may be over,” he said, wiggling his little finger in his ear, “but paying a little hush money would make our lives a lot easier.”
He pointed the gun past me, at her, and said, “You understand English? Get on the floor!"