Synopses & Reviews
When American soldiers departed Vietnam, many left children behindlike seventeen-year-old Loi, whose fellow villagers ostracize her because she is con-lai, a half-breed and a reminder of her countrys tragic civil war. Only Khai, a young buffalo tender, shows her love and respect. Promised in an arranged marriage to a cruel older man, Loi flees to Ho Chi Minh City. Along with thousands of others, she applies for the chance to leave for the United States through the Amerasian Homecoming Program, and faces the most important decision of her life: Should she leave her beloved country, her family, and her gentle, loving Khai? Includes a readers guide, an authors note, and a glossary of Vietnamese words.
Packed with vivid details of village and city life as well as Vietnamese culture . . . Eye-opening.”The Horn Book
A compelling coming-of-age novel.”School Library Journal
Seventeen-year-old Loi's family promises to wed her to an older man. She flees to Ho Chi Minh City and, with her boyfriend, prepares to leave for America in search of her biological father.
Seventeen-year-old Loi, whose father was an American soldier, is ostracized by her fellow villagers because she is con-lai,
a half-breed. Loi has been promised to a cruel older man, but rather than marry him, she flees to Ho Chi Minh City, and along with thousands of other Amerasians, she begins the confusing process of applying for the Amerasian Homecoming Program. “Drawing attention to painful and neglected topics, Garland’s writing is strongly atmospheric, with graceful interpolations of Vietnamese words and references to Vietnamese culture and traditions.”--Publishers Weekly
A daughter of a Vietnamese woman and a U.S. soldier flees an arranged marriage, falls in love, and tries to go to America to find her father
About the Author
SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com