When Broken Glass Floats

When Broken Glass Floats : Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

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In a mesmerizing story, Chanrithy Him vividly recounts her trek through the hell of the "killing fields." She gives us a child's-eye view of a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps for both adults and children are the norm and modern technology no longer exists. Death becomes a companion in the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, the members of Chanrithy's family remain loyal to one another, and she and her siblings who survive will find redeemed lives in America.

A Finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 15 black and whtie illustrations
  • 0393322106
  • 9780393322101
  • 81,863

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"A touching and illuminating human account and should not be missed by anyone around the world." -- Le Ly Hayslip, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places "Astonishing and heartbreaking...Written in spare, visual prose that makes the world it describes tangible." -- Katherine A. Powers - Boston Globe "There are few books that give a refugee's point of view as clearly and passionately as Him's." -- Time Out "An inspiring story that draws hope from horror." -- Seattle Times "Intelligent and morally aware...[Him] tells us what it was like to struggle to survive while others played out utopian dreams." -- New York Times "A gut-wrenching story, told with honesty, restraint, and dignity." -- Ha Jin, author of Waiting
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About Chanrithy Him

Chanrithy Him, born in 1965, lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she works for the Khmer Adolescent Project, studying post-traumatic stress disorder among Cambodians.
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3,389 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 38% (1,303)
4 40% (1,371)
3 17% (575)
2 3% (101)
1 1% (39)
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