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Lucky Child : A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

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After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind. In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture while struggling to overcome dogged memories of violence and the deep scars of war. In alternating chapters, she gives voice to Chou, the beloved older sister whose life in war-torn Cambodia so easily could have been hers. Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstance in times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Child is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the salvaging strength of family bonds.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0060733950
  • 9780060733957
  • 94,948

Review quote

[Ung] captured my heart...Lucky Child is captivating, deep and delightful. --Chicago Tribune"show more

Review Text

"Ung's story is a compelling and inspirational one that touches universal chords. Americans would do well to read it." Washington Post Book Worldshow more

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1,731 ratings
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