Monday, March 24, 2014

Telling HerStory 2014: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir


The Book:

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by  Kao Kalia Yang

What's it about:

From Amazon: "In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard."

This is a story of refugees, war, unspeakable violence, immigration, traditions and family. My guess is that these themes are present in many family histories.

Why you should read it:

Of this book, my Twitter friend Betsy (@betsympls612) says “The Latehomecomer is a profoundly moving and powerful story that you will not be able to put down once you start reading it!”

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