Cosponsored by Asia Society.
The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish, joy and bravery of America's newest Americans, those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past memories of war and its aftermath-- murder, arrest, re-education camps, escape, shipwreck, and atrocity-- is ever present in these wise and compassionate stories. Andrew Lam intricately renders the false starts and revelations in the struggle for integration, and in so doing, the human heart.
"Read Andrew Lam, and bask in his love of language, and his compassion for people, both those here and those from far away. He reminds us that we have history in common; we can laugh and cry together." —Maxine Hong Kingston
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