Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

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Harper Collins, Jul 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind. In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture while struggling to overcome dogged memories of violence and the deep scars of war. In alternating chapters, she gives voice to Chou, the beloved older sister whose life in war-torn Cambodia so easily could have been hers. Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstance in times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Child is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the salvaging strength of family bonds.

 

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This follow up to "First They Killed My Father" is heartbreaking and beautifully written. Loung Ung is an example of the resilence of the human spirit! Read full review

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I've read a number of books, such as Stay Alive My Son, When Broken Glass Floats, A Long Way Gone, and others, and while being very moved and wrenched by the stories, I was also frustrated as the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

An author, lecturer, and activist, Loung Ung has advocated for equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide for more than fifteen years. Ung lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband.

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