November 21, 2007
I read this book years ago when I was still in high school and i loved it.
I recently took the time to read it again, and I loved it even more! I think it's because I can better understand the complex emotions that came with it.
The story revolves around the authors personal experiences during the Vietnam war. She works as a spy, gets tortured, is sentenced to death, raped, and becomes a fugitive all before her 15Th birthday.
After her escape from death she works as a waitress, maid, black market vendor, and even a prostitute. She is the mother of two and plans her escape to the United States by the time she is 20!!
The book shows you a family torn apart by war, and the strength and iron will of a girl from a simple village.
The plot comes full circle after her return to her family 20 some years later. Her family is afraid to be seen with her because the tensions of war are still present.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, its definitely worth a read!