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The Ugly Daughter: A thrilling real life journey to self discovery, riches and spirituality by [Legian, Julia, Burke, Dawn]
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"We have no idea. No-one not brought up in a war-torn country can have anyconception of what it's like. This is a story of a little girl who was. Bodiesare commonplace, death unsurprising, and poverty and danger extreme andever-present. But the worst aspect of it all must have been the utterhopelessness. Most children came to accept the situation. But this little girldidn't. And that is the joy of this book.

Written with great wit and wisdom 30 years after the event,The Ugly Daughter is about the ugliest of events. Yet the reader is constantlyreminded that this is not what this book is really about. Instead, like TheOdyssey, it is about the resilience of the human spirit in the face ofextraordinary odds, a hugely inspirational and uplifting work. It shows theupside of the motive that drove a young girl to find joy in an execution: thedesire to be much better than she might have been. Because this little girlgoes through these horrors and not only survives, but does so with her spiritand sense of humour firmly intact. Surely, we in this lucky country ofAustralia, can do likewise? Perhaps we could start by welcoming ourfellow-humans instead of turning our back on them."

- C. S. Boag author of Mr Rainbow series

"Julia Legian's memoir is among the most harrowing and moving lifestories I have come across. While the life in Vietnam her family escaped from was beyond any horror fiction, unfortunately the children did notescape their torturers, her parents. The author's rise through luck,determination and intelligence to a place where she could write andpublish a book in a second language is both a relief and a testament tothe human spirit. 4 stars and 5 tissue boxes."

- Tom Flood author of Oceana Fine

About the Author

Julia Legian (aka Loan Thi Nguyen) was born in 1972, South Vietnam. Or was it 1971? Nobody really knows so she prefers to err on the young side. In the 80s her parents fled Vietnam as "boat people" and immigrated to Australia. For most of her adult life she has worked in real estate. She quit her job in 2002 and became a successful property investor. In 2004 she set up her own business as a buyer agent to help others follow her footsteps. She is now officially retired to concentrate full time on writing. She is happily married to Simion and has a wonderful, kind and loving son, Jeremy.

Dawn Burke is a creative writing teacher and editor. She has published books on writing and has written and published works of fiction. She has two beautiful daughters and nine grandchildren. In her view, working with Julia Legian has been an honour and a privilege. Helping Julia to recount the story of her struggle for survival against painful obstacles, has been a rewarding experience.

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  • File Size: 1099 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Julia Legian & Dawn Burke (February 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7S5PK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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