Palawan Story

Palawan Story

4.37 (59 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 15-18 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


Under the cover of darkness, Kim, a young girl, is put by her mother on a crowded fishing boat to escape Vietnam. The derelict boat drifts for two weeks on the South China Sea before reaching Palawan, a refugee camp in the Philippines. There, an American immigration officer mistakes Kim for a sponsored orphan with the same name and sends her to America. In the US, Kim tells her unsuspecting adoptive family the orphan stories they want to hear. While she succeeds in inventing vivid details for her assumed identity, there is a missing page in her own past. The boat trip out of Vietnam is a total blank, and she fears the worse. Years later Kim returns to Palawan as a volunteer doctor. Still haunted by what may have happened on the boat, she begins to record the stories of the other refugees. Through them, she seeks to unblock her suppressed memories.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 13mm | 299g
  • Aylmer, Quebec
  • English
  • 192804901X
  • 9781928049012
  • 3,506,251

About Caroline Vu

Born in Vietnam, Caroline Vu spent her childhood in Saigon during the height of the Vietnam War. She left Saigon in 1970, moving first to the US, then to Canada. Her childhood memories of war-torn Vietnam and integration into North American life have inspired her two novels: Palawan Story (published by DVP in 2014) and That Summer in Provincetown (an unpublished manuscript). A passionate traveller, Vu's travel stories of exotic destinations have been published in Doctor's Review - Medicine on the Move. She has also published stories and articles in the Medical Post, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Geneva Times and the Tico Times (Costa Rica). She is a family doctor who currently works in Montreal.
show more

Rating details

59 ratings
4.37 out of 5 stars
5 49% (29)
4 39% (23)
3 12% (7)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X