Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung
After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind. In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture while struggling to overcome dogged memories of violence and the deep scars of war. In alternating chapters, she gives voice to Chou, the beloved older sister whose life in war-torn Cambodia so easily could have been hers. Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstance in times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Child is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the salvaging strength of family bonds.
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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More than 1 year ago
Lucky Child is the sequel to "First They Killed My Father". Both books are the fascinating story of the children in the Ung family who survived the killing fields in Cambodia. Lucky Child is the back and forth comparison of Loung's growing up (she was the "Lucky Child" that got to come to America) with that of her sister who stayed behind in Cambodia. Both stories are moving and not always pleasant, but they are well written. If you want to read memoirs that are emotionally capitvating, I recommend both the original book and this sequel.
More than 1 year ago
I asked for this book for Christmas not knowing anything about it other than it sounded interesting. I was not disappointed. Ung's tale of family strength, sacrifice and love was amazing. Lucky Child is one of the most well written memoirs I have ever read. I can honestly say that I thought I knew a fair bit about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia but putting a human face and story to the atrocities made it really sink in. I have since ordered her first book and am eagerly awaiting her third. I admire her courage and how she is using her life and story to help others. This book will make you cry more than anything else you have ever read but it will also make you feel that there is hope that things can and will get better. Especially with people like Loung Ung in this world.
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