Lulu in the Sky

Lulu in the Sky

A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness

Book - 2012
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"When readers first met Loung Ung in her critically acclaimed memoir First They Killed My Father, she was a young, innocent child in Cambodia. But forced by the Khmer Rouge into the life of a child soldier, she soon found herself locked in a desperate struggle for survival in Cambodia's notorious killing fields. In Lucky Child, her life took a turn. As a refugee in Vermont, she grappled with post-traumatic stress, cultural assimilation roadblocks, and the abandonment of her sister in Cambodia. Now, Lulu in the Sky tells the next chapter in Ung's life, revealing her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college and falls in love with Mark Priemer, a Midwestern archetype of American optimism. Lulu in the Sky is the story of Ung's tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage-- a journey that takes her to a Cambodian village to reconnect with her mother's spirit, to a vocation focused on healing the landscape of her birth, and to the patience and unconditional support of a very special man" -- p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Perennial,, [2012]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062091918
Branch Call Number: 921 U571
Characteristics: xii, 330, 14 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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May 10, 2014

I read the first two books by this author which tell of her horrific years of her childhood under the Khymer Rouge rule in Cambodia from ages 5 to 10. It is an extremely raw but powerful book towl from the eyes of the child she was at that time. The second book tells of her leaving for the US with her oldest brother as a refugee and parallel the life of her sister Chou who remained in Cambodia.

I was hesitant to read this book at first, thinking that it would just tell of a young girl, trying to forget the past and live in the US, but I was wrong. He tells of her struggle to life in the US, with her strong memories of the past haunting her. It tells of friendships, nightmares, and the way she finally put much of them to rest by writing her story. It tells of the strength she gained from her family in Cambodia (siblings, grandmothers, nieces, nephews, etc), and the man who became her husband, and finding her vocation in dealing with UXOS. It is a powerful book and I strongly recommend it.

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