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
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.