The 2022 book is The Mountains Sing, an extraordinary novel about Việt Nam. Now available for check-out. Watch a video greeting with the author.

Since its beginning a decade ago, One Book One Valley has been a celebration of community and literacy. It’s a chance for all of us to come together in the reading of a single book. It’s for conversation and learning with fellow readers — and to make new friends along the way. We invite you to join us in reading The Mountains Sing by Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, chosen by Estes Valley readers as the next One Book One Valley.

About the novel:  The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore apart not just her beloved country, but also her family.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English.

The Library invites readers to check out a copy of this winning book. It’s also available for download in eBook and eAudio formats from our digital collections. All you’lll need is your Library Card. Or you can visit or call Macdonald Book Shop to purchase a personal copy. Macdonald Book Shop has been a longtime supporter of One Book One Valley, and we’re grateful for their partnership.

Watch for the full program series to be announced later this month (in December). And save the date of January 29, when we’ll host an evening with author Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, a virtual presentation just for the Estes Valley.

One Book One Valley is made possible through the generous donors of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation.