The lives of eight-year-old Quan Phoc in Phnom Penh and two-year-old Minh Chau Thieu in Saigon change radically as the two cities fall to the Communists in 1975. The Cambodian Communists, the Khmer Rouge, force Quan's family and most of the Cambodian capital's population to re-locate to collective farms in the distant countryside. After a failed attempt to flee Vietnam, Minh Chau's family is imprisoned as collaborators. Both survive the baseness of human nature, are aided unexpectedly by others, and in 1978 escape Indochina. As child refugees, they meet in Pulau Bidong camp in Malaysia. Quan becomes Minh Chau's protector, a role that he will play intermittently for the rest of his life. When Minh Chau's family is resettled in Canada, Quan is left behind. At that point, Quan's protector role passes temporarily to Mathieu Hibou, a soft-spoken university student from New Carlisle, Quebec..
Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls is a novel about how three individuals confront personal traumas throughout their lives, strengthen their personalities in different ways, and experience kindness as the noblest of human actions. It is also a story of personal growth-a voyage on troubled waters, with each seeing each other at times from a distance and then in the most intimate of relationships.show more
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