A Blessing over Ashes: The Remarkable Odyssey of My Unlikely Brother

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Harper Collins, Jun 5, 2001 - Social Science - 336 pages
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On a snowy winter's night in Vermont, eleven-year-old Adam Fifield and his family awaited the arrival of his new foster brother, Soeuth, a fourteen-year-old refugee from the killing fields of Cambodia.  Scrawny and terrified, Soeuth was mute for days, warily retreating into his room despite the Fifields' numerous attempts to make him feel welcome.  But for Soeuth, whose young life had been plagued with fear and violence, it would be months before any place could feel like home.

In this rewarding memoir, Adam Fifield recalls the months and years that followed his first meeting with Soeuth.  He describes the boy's amazing physical prowess, his sense of humor, and, juxtaposed against his own typically American coming of age, the horrific details of Soeuth's early years.  But even more compelling is the story of Adam and his brother's journey to Cambodia to meet the family Soeuth once thought dead.  What awaits them on the side of the globe will both reunite Soeuth with his lost family and cement the relationship he has forced with his new one.

 

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User Review  - autumnesf - LibraryThing

A true story about a boy adopted from Cambodia (the killing fields). D is interested in Cambodia so when I got this book in a grab bag I kept it. A good story, written by the brother (biological child) of the adopted boy. It is amazing what a child can live through. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
29
Section 4
33
Section 5
39
Section 6
47
Section 7
51
Section 8
65
Section 20
161
Section 21
165
Section 22
175
Section 23
203
Section 24
211
Section 25
215
Section 26
225
Section 27
231

Section 9
77
Section 10
81
Section 11
85
Section 12
89
Section 13
95
Section 14
107
Section 15
115
Section 16
127
Section 17
139
Section 18
147
Section 19
155
Section 28
239
Section 29
249
Section 30
255
Section 31
267
Section 32
281
Section 33
297
Section 34
303
Section 35
313
Section 36
323
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About the author (2001)

Adam Fifield is a native of Vermont and a graduate of Bates College. He is a freelance writer whose work has appeared regularly in the Village Voice and In These Times, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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