I absolutely adored this book and found it hard to put down.
There are so many incredible books about Vietnam, but very few deal with the issue of the generational differences that erupted over the course of the 20th century.
It is a beautiful story and I loved how she was able to weave all the characters into a complex and vivid story.
book club choice, and some insight into how families were separated by the war and refugee decisions and the effect on the family relationships, but not enough depth for me.Published 9 months ago by marcy clausen
With all the different families and all of those families different names which for this reader are hard to pronounce and remember, I gave up reading the rest of the books at about... Read morePublished 16 months ago by consumer
I thought the author conveyed the stories and secrets of so many characters in truthful way. Cherry and her family became very real to me, and I was sad when the story ended. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeannemlw
Aimee Phan in an interview about this book says: "I hope my characters feel as vivid and complex as I intended them to be. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by paperdoll
A multi-narrator history of a family strewn abroad by war and immigration. I chose this novel because of it's connection to Vietnam. Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by Colinda M. Cole-French
This novel is a multi-generational and multi-point of view story of a family of Vietnamese immigrants, half of whom go to Paris and half of whom go to Orange County, California,... Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Elizabeth
Generally speaking, the Vietnamese families who came to the United States at the close of the tragic war in that country have, as a group, done well here. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Sam Sattler
As I read this lovely novel, I thought often of "Sacred Willow," by Duong Van Mai Elliott. There are so many incredible books about Vietnam, but very few deal with the issue of the... Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Kimberly Kristine Fay
Aimee Phan delivers a wonderfully complex intergenerational story featuring beautifully written prose and fully realized characters. Loved it cover to cover. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Matthew Silady