PHUC TRAN IS a writer, tattoo artist, Latin teacher, and former (possibly current) punk living in Portland, Maine.
In his debut memoir, Sigh, Gone (published in April by Flatiron Books), Tran chronicles his childhood through high school.
PHUC TRAN: I leaned into books so heavily because it was really a survival mechanism for me, at least on an emotional level.
It definitely made me feel less despondent and alone, even though sometimes it felt like a one-way conversation.
The books that really spoke to me were the books that addressed things that I was wrangling with.