Under the cover of darkness, Kim, a young girl, is put by her mother on a crowded fishing boat to escape Vietnam. The derelict boat drifts for two weeks on the South China Sea before reaching Palawan, a refugee camp in the Philippines. There, an American immigration officer mistakes Kim for a sponsored orphan with the same name and sends her to America. In the US, Kim tells her unsuspecting adoptive family the orphan stories they want to hear. While she succeeds in inventing vivid details for her assumed identity, there is a missing page in her own past. The boat trip out of Vietnam is a total blank, and she fears the worse. Years later Kim returns to Palawan as a volunteer doctor. Still haunted by what may have happened on the boat, she begins to record the stories of the other refugees. Through them, she seeks to unblock her suppressed memories.
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About the Author
Born in Vietnam, Caroline Vu spent her childhood in Saigon during the height of the Vietnam War. She left Saigon in 1970, moving first to the US then to Canada. Her childhood memories of war-torn Vietnam and integration into North American life have inspired her two novels: ‘Palawan Story’ (published by DVP- 2014) and ‘That Summer in Provincetown’ (Guernica - 2015) . A passionate traveller, Vu’s travel stories of exotic destinations have been published in Doctor’s Review, the Medical Post, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, and the Tico Times (Costa Rica.) Caroline Vu is also a family doctor, who currently works in Montreal.
Caroline Vu is a member in good standing of the Quebec Writers Federation.