When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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Chanrithy Him felt compelled to tell of surviving life under the Khmer Rouge in a way "worthy of the suffering which I endured as a child."

In a mesmerizing story, Chanrithy Him vividly recounts her trek through the hell of the "killing fields." She gives us a child's-eye view of a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps for both adults and children are the norm and modern technology no longer exists. Death becomes a companion in the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, the members of Chanrithy's family remain loyal to one another, and she and her siblings who survive will find redeemed lives in America.

A Finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

 

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User Review  - Tony2704 - LibraryThing

Another great book written about 'The Killing Fields'. Nothing but admiration for anyone that came through this. well written, would read again Read full review

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User Review  - cameling - LibraryThing

The Khmer Rouge seizure of Cambodia in 1975 began a period of horrific cruelty and death. Pol Pot's regime evacuated families from Phnom Penh, forcing them into the countryside into forced labor camps ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Chanrithy Him, born in 1965, lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she works for the Khmer Adolescent Project, studying post-traumatic stress disorder among Cambodians.

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