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Trang Sen
     

Trang Sen

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by Sarah-Ann Smith
 

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Trang Sen is the Vietnamese heroine and title character (her name means “White Lotus”) of Sarah-Ann Smith's acclaimed new novel. War and loss dog the heels of her family, yet Trang Sen is defiant. Rebellious and headstrong even as a child, she struggles to make more of her life than seems possible. As she moves from her parents’ rice farm to the

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Trang Sen is the Vietnamese heroine and title character (her name means “White Lotus”) of Sarah-Ann Smith's acclaimed new novel. War and loss dog the heels of her family, yet Trang Sen is defiant. Rebellious and headstrong even as a child, she struggles to make more of her life than seems possible. As she moves from her parents’ rice farm to the streets and alleys of Saigon, her world opens up. But as new paths become visible, others are shut off.
As much as she loves her brother, Trang Long, she also loves an American diplomat stationed in Saigon. Caught between her own dreams and the needs of her family, between her love for learning and the excitement of war-time Saigon, Trang Sen embarks on a memorable journey that requires heartbreaking choices.

Editorial Reviews

Asheville Citizen-Times - Carole Currie
In her novel, Sarah-Ann Smith puts a human face on a war that seems distant now, capturing the painful suffering of the Vietnamese and the problems and confusion faced by the ones who were brought to the United States. It was easiest on the youngest, hardest on the oldest who had lost their national identity, their occupations and their dignity.
Although Trang Sen is fiction, it is a historical novel that rings true to that troubling time.
MyBookAddiction.com - Mary C
TRANG SEN is a phenomenal novel that tells of a young girl discovering herself amidst war and life. The historical detail of the book is rich and flavorful and more powerful is the simple way in which the story is told, without artifice, that gives it a biographical touch. I highly recommend this poignant story to anyone wishing to relive a historic period through the eyes of a young innocent who was forced to grow up too early, and find her own way through life.
www.literaryaficionado.com/2013/04/trang-sen.html - Grady Harp
This book is a well-written story of insights into the Vietnamese plight, showing chapter by chapter the gradual influx of more and more troops and the changes that created in the land and in the dissolution of family structure. Smith draws her characters well and ultimately returns our main character to the place we first meet her – years after the conflict when she is living in the USA as a war bride – and it is through her eyes that we reexamine the tragedy that continues to fes
www.bookpleasures.com (Australia) - Ia Uaro
Sarah-Ann Smith opens Trang Sen with the legend of the brave queens of Vietnam and proceeds to show us the portrait of a beautiful land teeming with lives, in vivid colours that we can see, sounds that we can hear, along with scents, tastes and texture. Not only does she introduce us to the exotic culture and habits of the attractive locals, she delves deep into their fascinating minds with intriguing insights — expertly with the skills that reminds me of the long ago Pulitzer award winne

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016113647
Publisher:
Pisgah Press, LLC
Publication date:
12/09/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
293
File size:
952 KB

Meet the Author

South Carolina native Sarah-Ann Smith’s passion for Asia led to a degree in international relations and Asian studies and to a career in the U.S. diplomatic corps. Her tours of duty took her to Taiwan to study Mandarin Chinese and to the American Consulate in Hong Kong, as well as within the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the U.S. State Department. Smith’s interest in Southeast Asia was originally piqued by encounters with a number of Asian students and their critiques of U.S. policy at the height of the Vietnam War. Her professional and personal focus on Asian political and cultural life led her to write about it in fictional form in this, her first novel.
Smith’s life after the Foreign Service has focused on writing and teaching. In addition to Trang Sen, she has published numerous op-ed pieces and has taught China- and Southeast Asia-related courses at universities in Maryland and North and South Carolina. After leaving the State Department she moved to Asheville, N.C. for fourteen years, and now lives in Spartanburg, S.C.

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Trang Sen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I found Trang Sen by Sarah-Ann Smith to be a very interesting read. I enjoyed Sarah-Ann Smith's flow of writing and found the story line to be very fascinating. Of course due to the setting it is a given that there is plenty of drama that unfolds in their story. I found myself turning pages quickly wanting to know what was going to happen next.  Trang Sen is a very strong young lady that endures so many heartaches and over comes so many problems in her life. I found myself to be very fond of this young lady that had to deal with so many problems at a very young age. She found an unexpected love in the form of an American solider. Her family does not approve and disowns her. Her love for Arthur creates a lot of problems for her but she stand behind her decision to become involved with him. There are circumstances in Art's life that makes it hard for him to take care of Trang Sen when he as to return to the states. I liked that her cousin stood by her even when the rest of her family did not approve and how Trang Sen & Kim Hoa are always there for each other. She also develops a wonderful friendship with a gentleman that helps her and her family when they are most in need.  Trang Sen's story is very descriptive of what life was like in Vietnam during the war. I have to admit I found this to be a very educational read and learned a great deal that I did not know. I really enjoyed reading this story and would love to read more by Ms. Smith. I don't know if she has planned a follow up to this story but I would like to read more about Trang Sen and learn more of what happened to her and her family.