Tony lives with the nightmare of what he did as a soldier in Vietnam. It consumes him day and night. He finally returns to Asia and rents a small house in a Bangkok slum where he hopes to live the rest of his life anonymously and in silence. But the people of Soi 4 Community begin to befriend Tony even though he tries hard to resist. Through the persistence of these friends, Tony is slowly drawn into the community and its fight against a looming eviction. These experiences help Tony realise that his nightmare comes from his own inability to forgive himself, and he finally finds the peace he has been searching for.
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About the Author
I was born in 1946 on the flat plains of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Growing up on a small wheat and cattle farm was a wonderful experience for me, but I always had the urge to travel to new places and live in new cultures. So in 1966, after only two years of college, I joined the Mennonite Central Committee as a volunteer and went to Burundi Africa. There, for the first time, I saw the results of social and economic injustice. The poverty and the struggle of people to survive deeply affected my life. In 1968 I returned to the United States and continued my education. In 1971 I received a degree in Biology from Bethel College in North Newton Kansas. Almost immediately after graduation I rejoined the Mennonite Central Committee to work in Vietnam. I served there for five years, working with victims of the war. Once again, the experience had a major impact on my life as I saw the results of political injustice on the lives of common people. In 1976 I left Vietnam and after a brief period of rest and reflection, went to Thailand to continue my service with the Mennonite Central Committee. In Thailand my association with local activists brought me into touch with a variety of people struggling for justice. Slum communities, poor rural villagers and factory workers became my guides as I lived and experienced a new dimension of the struggle for dignity and fullness.During my early years, I had little interest in writing. While working in Vietnam, I produced my first poems. They came as a reaction to all the violence I saw around me daily. As the war destroyed the homes and lives of the new friends I was making, I felt a pain growing inside me which needed to be released. Suddenly, and without explanation, I began writing my feelings down as poems. Several lengthy dramas also flowed from my pen during these traumatic days. While working in Thailand, I occasionally continued writing poems. Some of the poems were more lengthy stories and friends began encouraging me to write my experiences down in a book. I was afraid to start, but finally sat down and began working on my first novel. The story was build around a variety of true experiences as well as real people with whom I had lived and worked over the years. Therefore the book is fiction based on fact. It was a wonderful experience putting the events and people together into a story. I believe all of us are filled with interesting and important stories that reflect our lives and the lives of peop