Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness

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Concluding the trilogy that started with her bestselling memoir, First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung illuminates her struggle to reconcile with her past while moving forward toward happiness.

When readers first met Loung Ung in her critically acclaimed memoir First They Killed My Father, she was a young, innocent child in Cambodia. But forced by the Khmer Rouge into the life of a child soldier, she soon found herself locked in a desperate struggle for survival in Cambodia's ...

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Overview

Concluding the trilogy that started with her bestselling memoir, First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung illuminates her struggle to reconcile with her past while moving forward toward happiness.

When readers first met Loung Ung in her critically acclaimed memoir First They Killed My Father, she was a young, innocent child in Cambodia. But forced by the Khmer Rouge into the life of a child soldier, she soon found herself locked in a desperate struggle for survival in Cambodia's notorious killing fields. In Lucky Child, her life took a turn. As a refugee in Vermont, she grappled with post-traumatic stress, cultural assimilation roadblocks, and the abandonment of her sister in Cambodia.

Now, Lulu in the Sky tells the next chapter in Ung's life, revealing her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college and falls in love with Mark Priemer, a Midwestern archetype of American optimism. Lulu in the Sky is the story of Ung's tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage—a journey that takes her to a Cambodian village to reconnect with her mother's spirit, to a vocation focused on healing the landscape of her birth, and to the patience and unconditional support of a very special man.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
“You can’t help liking and admiring this young woman. . . . [A] lively, humorous account . . . when you arrive at the hard-earned happy ending, it’s with a sigh of deep relief.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Loung Ung makes Lulu in the Sky shimmer with renewal after the Cambodian killing fields”
Library Journal
A refugee from Cambodia's killing fields, Ung concludes the heartrending trilogy begun with First They Killed My Father, a 2001 American Library Association Asian/Pacific American Award winner, with this account of her move into adulthood. You'll be hearing more about her; she's contributed her story to 10×10, a documentary film conceived and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins that chronicles the lives of ten girls from ten countries.
Kirkus Reviews
The third memoir in a trilogy about processing and moving past the trauma of surviving the Cambodian genocide. Activist Ung (Lucky Child, 2006, etc.) wrote two previous well-received chronicles of her stint as a child soldier serving the Khmer Rouge. She lost most of her family to the killing fields, built a new life as a refugee in Vermont and reunited with a sister who was abandoned in Cambodia. This book chronicles the next chapter of her life, the decade that began with her time in college. At age 20 she fell in love with Mark, a wholesome, optimistic Midwesterner. The author gives a significant amount of attention to their courtship and eventual successful marriage. Even the magic of their romance, however, couldn't negate her almost-daily struggles with depression and residual post-traumatic stress. Mark's sunniness, which originally drew her to him, became a source of resentment, but she ultimately recognized as positive her husband's capacity to love without fear. The title is a combination of Ung's nickname, Lulu, and the Beatles' song, and its implicit optimism reflects a theme running through the author's life. "People will always die," an aunt told her, "but we have to continue to live. Live, eat, and love." After college, she and Mark moved to Washington, D.C., where she began her lifelong work as an activist. The book closes with another return trip to Cambodia in 2000. Ung's writing is clear-headed, honest and compelling; much of what she describes, from the brutalities she and her family endured to the ways it steered her adult life, is deeply affecting.
Juliet Wittman
You can't help liking and admiring this [Ung] who, having endured so much as a child, has devoted her life to promoting justice and understanding, and who ends her lively, humorous account with both an excellent bibliography and an idiosyncratic list of favorite restaurants. So when you arrive at the hard-earned happy ending, it's with a sigh of deep relief.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062091918
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 276,965
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Loung Ung

An author, lecturer, and activist, Loung Ung has advocated for equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide for more than fifteen years. Ung lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue: Amah Chiem La Aw (Grandmother Who Possessed Good Blood) Kompong Speu, Cambodia, January 2000 1

Part 1 Love

1 Born of Kambu Cambodia, 1975-1979 13

2 Crush Burlington, Vermont, August 1990 29

3 Fish Sauce and Prahok Colchester, September 1990 39

4 A Good Aunt Essex, Autumn 1990 51

5 To Speak or Not to Speak? Winooski Park, Equinox 1990 65

6 Of Worms and Walls Battery Park, October 1990 77

7 No Rapunzel Shelburne, November 1990 87

8 Klutz and Misdirection Manchester, December 1990 97

9 Lulu in the Sky Champlain Mill, April 1991 105

10 A Message in Ma Po Tofu Chapel of Saint Michael's, Spring 1991 117

11 Cupid's Evil Twin Fort Ethan Allen, May 1991 125

Part 2 Healing

12 The Long and Winding Road Vermont, Maine, and Washington, D.C., 1993-1997 133

13 The Girl in the Mirror Washington, D.C., May 1997 149

14 Birthdays Capitol Hill, June 1997 159

15 A New Path Dupont Circle, D.C. July 1997 167'

16 Cow Teats and Five Hundred High School Boys Washington, D.C., September 1997 181

17 Never Silent Scott Circle, D.C., April 1998 199

18 Lifelines Washington, B.C., May 1998 209

19 Exorcist of the Writing Kind D.C. and Cambodia, June 1998-February 1999 217

20 Millennium Orlando, Florida, December 1999 225

Part 3 Double Happiness

21 Srok Khmer Kompong Speu, January 2000 233

22 Khsae Family Line Kompong Speu, January 2000 241

23 Fear of Landing Kompong Speu, January 2000 249

24 Khmer Inheritance Oudong, February 2000 259

25 Somewhere in Time Kompong Speu, February 2000 269

26 The Hills of the Poisonous Trees Phnom Penh, February 2000 277

27 A White Giant Barang in the Village Phnom Penh, March 2000 287

28 A Gathering to Heal Lost Souls Siem Reap, March 2000 307

29 Double Happiness Vermont, August 2002 313

Acknowledgments 323

Bibliography and Sources 327

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