This is a powerful multi-generational memoir. Linda Baer has a very readable writing style, but keep in mind this is a true story and it begins with her childhood in war-torn Vietnam. In other words, the content is extraordinarily difficult at times.
I think one of the most vivid and heart-wrenching things I’ve ever read is the author describing the senseless and brutal death of her father. The way she reacted at his funeral is inexorably sad.
I know some people have an aversion to books that deal with such difficult topics. If you fall into that category, you needn’t worry—there is also a tremendous amount of hope and courage in this book.
The author’s life is ultimately a portrait of resilience and perseverance in the face of overwhelming grief and tragedy. I highly recommend this book to non-fiction/memoir readers: 4/5 stars.
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