Sisters Van and Linny grew up in a Vietnamese household outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Van was the intellligent overachiever, while Linny hung out with the popular crowd. Now as adults, they still are not close. Van, a lawyer specializing in immigration, lives in Ann Arbor and is in a state of disbelief because her husband, Miles, left her. Linny, meanwhile, is single in Chicago and has broken off a relationship with a married man. When their father, Dinh, announces that he's finally becoming a U.S. citizen and that both his daughters must come home for the event, it causes the sisters to reflect on their childhood, parent's marriage, and future. Short Girls is an enjoyable novel about accepting your past and moving on set against the quirky backdrop of Dinh's failed career as a inventor of devices to aid short people.