Lucky Child

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 134.37 x 202.95 x 19.3mm | 235.87g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060733950
  • 9780060733957
  • 92,998

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 World
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"As piercing and poignant as its title."--Richard North Patterson
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2,315 ratings
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