The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

by Kao Kalia Yang

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An NEA Big Read Selection

“This is the best account of the Hmong experience I’ve ever read—powerful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.”—Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

“A narrative packed with the stuff of life.” — Entertainment Weekly

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Song Poet and The Latehomecomer , which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566894784
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 97,019
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)

About the Author

Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, and writer. Yang is the author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Kao Kalia lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Seeking Refuge 1

People of the Sky

Chapter 1 A Walk in the Jungle 7

Chapter 2 Enemy Camp 20

Chapter 3 Refugees 39

The Little Girl with the Dimples

Chapter 4 Ban Vinai Refugee Camp 55

Chapter 5 The Second Leaving 78

Chapter 6 Phanat Nikhom Transition Camp to America 91

Chapter 7 A Return to the Clouds 115

The American Years

Chapter 8 Before the Babies 131

Chapter 9 Coming of the Son 152

Chapter 10 The Haunted Section-8 House 180

Chapter 11 Our Moldy House 193

The Latehomecomer

Chapter 12 When the Tiger Comes 213

Chapter 13 Preparations 232

Chapter 14 Good-bye to Grandma 239

Chapter 15 Walking Back Alone 249

Epilogue: Hmong in America 271

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