Child of War, Woman of Peace

Child of War, Woman of Peace

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by Le Ly Hayslip
     
 

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The inspiring story of an immigrant's struggles to heal old wounds in the United States, this is the sequel to When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, Le Ly Hayslip's extraordinary, award-winning memoir of life in wartime Vietnam.


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The inspiring story of an immigrant's struggles to heal old wounds in the United States, this is the sequel to When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, Le Ly Hayslip's extraordinary, award-winning memoir of life in wartime Vietnam.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the compelling When Heaven and Earth Changed Places ( LJ 5/15/89), Hayslip told of her life in Vietnam and her return to find her family. Joined by her son, she here tells of her encounter with U.S. society, struggle for financial independence, several return trips to Vietnam, and founding of the charitable East Meets West Foundation. Her Buddhist-inspired philosophy of peace is sincere, but while her first book evoked admiration, this one presents a stubborn, naive heroine who uses others as much as she is used. There are marriages of convenience, evil relatives (Vietnamese and American), betrayed love, talks with her dead father, fortune-tellers--all the ingredients of a TV miniseries. In fact, the two books are the basis of a forthcoming Oliver Stone movie. For public libraries where the first book was in demand.-- Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
Virginia Dwyer
Hayslip has written evocatively about a Vietnamese childhood and of the disruptions two wars brought. In 20 years of accommodating to American ways, Hayslip deepened her reverence for her native land. Her second book reveals the woman she has become. The mature Vietnamese American who raises funds to help people in both countries heal their war wounds has not lead a quiet, docile life; sometimes it was exasperatingly outrageous, but she learned--from two husbands, the "love of her life," fundamentalist Christians, and a swindler. Relying on older values in times of need, and then with greater consciousness, she found her own place, using the best of both cultures. An American can see that she won more often than she lost; her Buddhist perspective shows her something a little different, which adds to this lively and thoughtful story. Passion and self-mocking humor, daring leaps and quiet reflection, American and oriental styles mix freely, illustrating how much this country, and readers, gain from the immigrants who create new and energetic lives here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307790576
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/13/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
325,669
File size:
2 MB

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