Daughters of the River Huong: Stories of a Vietnamese Royal Concubine and Her Descendants

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AmazonEncore, 2010 - Fiction - 381 pages
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Uyen Nicole Duong's Daughters of the River Huong takes listeners on a century-long journey into the extraordinary history of Vietnam, all seen through the eyes of Simone, a precocious and passionate teenager who reveals the lives of her Vietnamese ancestors. Beginning with Huyen Phi, the Mystique Concubine from the extinct Kingdom of Champa, to her daughters, Madame Cinnamon and Ginseng, and finally to Simone's own mother, Duong gives listeners a compelling, historic, and sometimes voyeuristic view into a world few have experienced. From the monarchy to French colonialism, from American intervention to the fall of Saigon and Communist rule, the lives of these women are profoundly changed by history...and perhaps history is changed by them. The writing is poetic, the stories gripping, and whether you are a lover of romance, history, or the human condition, this novel delivers.

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Spanning Vietnam's history from just prior to the French colonization in the mid-19th century through the 1990s, this beautifully written debut novel (the first in a trilogy) by an author who won ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Vietnam-born Uyen Nicole Duong arrived in the United States at the age of sixteen, a political refugee from a country torn apart by war. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Journalism from Southern Illinois University, a law degree from the University of Houston, and the advanced LLM degree from Harvard. She was also trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena. She has been a journalist, public education administrator, attorney, law professor, and a self-taught painter whose work focuses on lArt Brut. The author resides in Houston, Texas.

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