Concluding the trilogy that started with her bestselling memoir, First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung illuminates her struggle to reconcile with her past while moving forward toward happiness.
When readers first met Loung Ung in her critically acclaimed memoir First They Killed My Father, she was a young, innocent child in Cambodia. But forced by the Khmer Rouge into the life of a child soldier, she soon found herself locked in a desperate struggle for survival in Cambodia's notorious killing fields. In Lucky Child, her life took a turn. As a refugee in Vermont, she grappled with post-traumatic stress, cultural assimilation roadblocks, and the abandonment of her sister in Cambodia.
Now, Lulu in the Sky tells the next chapter in Ung's life, revealing her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college and falls in love with Mark Priemer, a Midwestern archetype of American optimism. Lulu in the Sky is the story of Ung's tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage—a journey that takes her to a Cambodian village to reconnect with her mother's spirit, to a vocation focused on healing the landscape of her birth, and to the patience and unconditional support of a very special man.
This is the third of Loung Ung's books that I have read in quick succession. Her writing style and her stories are absolutely riveting. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jill Clardy
I read the first two books by this author which tell of her horrific years of her childhood under the Khymer Rouge rule in Cambodia from ages 5 to 10. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dina Tanners
I had read her previous books i found it very interesting and didactic. Her first book was recommended to our group from a guide when I visited
last year. Read more
Teenagers of today's times need to take a look at these heroes who have survived and also who have had to fend for themselves. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Roxanne Eichhorn
Loung has graduated from college and has found her true love. But there is still another journey before she can find peace in herself. I highly recommend all three of her books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stormchaser
This book isn't nearly as good as Ung's other two. There's big clumps of Cambodian history that haven't been worked into the text so there are clumsy info-dumps throughout, and I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Japan Reader
I still read hate in-between the lines of her books. I feel like she hates all people and would just as soon slit their throats.Published 19 months ago by Dawning
This one was alright, but nothing special like the author's first book. Interesting to see what happened to her after her arrival in the U.S.Published 20 months ago by Jenelle L. Balonon