Novelist Madeleine Thien won Canada’s literary awards for fiction with her work Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The book also was nominated for the Man Booker prize sometime back and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016.
For Thien, the journey has been nothing short of amazing. Thien and her family are Malaysian-Chinese immigrants and live in Montreal. The novel portrays the life of a family of musicians in China’s tragic and tumultuous 20th Century history based on the incident of the 1989 Tiananmen Square.