The Orchid Bracelet was a 2012 Finalist in the General Fiction category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awardsand a 2012 Finalist in the Multi-Cultural category of the ForeWord Review Book Awards.
The Collision of Two Parallel Worlds
Allison Wagner, an American journalist whose father was killed in the Cu Chi forest, sets off for Vietnam to gather information on the progress made in Vietnam since the end of the war in 1975. While visiting a village in the Mekong Delta, Allison has a premonition of the possible fate of a young girl she meets at a restaurant.
With her guide, Trung, Allison manages to uncover the nasty world of human trafficking. Their journeys take them from a silk factory in Vietnam to a massage parlor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. What happens to the girls at the silk factory? Why is it that "the small man with the evil smirk" and "the girl with the rotten teeth" are never given actual names? How did Allison's visit to Cu Chi affect her? Is it possible to love someone you%u2019ve never met? What is the significance of the orchid bracelet?
The Orchid Bracelet is an excellent choice for book clubs. Possible discussion questions are listed at the end of the story.
Author, Freddie Remza, combines her love of writing with her passion for travel and experiencing world cultures. It was during a month's stay in Vietnam and Cambodia that inspired her to tell this story. Although she has previously written two Young Adult books, this is her first Adult novel.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
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About the Author
Freddie Remza enjoys combining her love of writing with her passion for travel and experiencing different world cultures. A former educator, she now has the opportunity to do both. She is also the author of a children's Middle Reader, The Journey to Mei, and it's Young Adult sequel, Ride the Wave. It was during a month's stay in Vietnam and Cambodia, however, that inspired her to write the Adult novel, The Orchid Bracelet.
Read an Excerpt
He was a seedy type of guy. He parted his hair on the wrong side of his head, a front tooth was missing, and he reeked of body odor. He went by the name of Mr. Swoon. There was nothing attractive about this man except for the wad of money he kept in his pouch. He used it as bait as he wandered into the village located in the central highlands of Vietnam where pine trees covered the hilly terrain. The area was scenic, but the village was poor. Mr. Swoon knew that. Actually, he counted on that.
"I describe The Orchid Bracelet as the collision of two parallel worlds. Mathematically, two items running parallel should never meet. But somehow they do. One world is the one American journalist, Allison Wagner, lives in. The other is the horrid reality of human trafficking which is a form of modern day slavery. Although the story is fiction, it is based on reality. Many people don't realize slavery still exists. It takes the form of forced labor and sexual bondage. And yes, it's found in Southeast Asia, but also in Europe, South America and even the United States.The topic is serious, but the characters are treated delicately and with respect. In order to assist book clubs, I placed a possible list of discussion questions at the back of the book. Rudyard Kipling wrote, 'If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.' I invite you to read The Orchid Bracelet." From the author