One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.
Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.
sadly, I don't have time to write a proper and thorough review, but this is an extraordinarily heartbreaking and heartwarming story. Ms. Ung's voice is clear and gracious. i wish i could have met the parents who raised her- they sounded very loving and she has done them proud by telling the entire family's story. The image of her father walking away from her mother with the gaurds at his side continues to haunt me. I thank her for not shying away from such a sad subject.
Love this book