What people are saying about A Good True Thai:
“Sunisa Manning understands deeply and innately that politics is woven through the strongest and most ambitious fiction, just as it is through life itself.” - Rachel Kushner, author of The Mars Room
“The 1970s leftist and antiauthoritarian protests that drive the characters in Manning's authentic and engaging novel are among the most important and controversial political events in modern Thai history and, frighteningly, the general context of conflicts that the novel covers is still very relevant today. Foreigners who want to understand the long-lasting crisis in Thai society, and the complex psyche behind the famous "Thai smile," should read this book.” - Prabda Yoon, author of The Sad Part Was
“The story of Thailand's democracy movement in the 1970s is almost unknown in the rest of the world, but Sunisa Manning insists on recapturing and preserving it in this beautiful and astonishing novel. Read and immerse yourself in a world that speaks so profoundly to the condition of Thailand, and the world, today.” - Jess Row, author of Your Face in Mine
A riveting debut novel set in Thailand set during the ‘70s student movement, and inspired by true events, A Good True Thai is about three young people whose paths converge at university, where they are swept up by political activism and the thrill of first love.
The novel was a finalist for the 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.