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A story of hope, a story of survival, and an incredible journey of escape, 'The Unwanted' is the only memoir by an Amerasian who stayed behind in Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and who is now living in America.

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There was no need for discussion or debate about this memoir among the Discover reading group. Each reader weighed in with exactly the same response. "Wow! What a book!" Kien Nguyen's memoir invites comparison, but we couldn't find a memoir worthy of it. His story of life as a "half-breed" (the result of the pairing of his Vietnamese mother and an American G.I.) who falls under the rule of the Vietcong in the mid-1970s is revealed in one truly hellish scene after the next. From the early chapters, where Kien describes his icy mother's perfect red fingernails digging into his arms as she faces their plight, Kien is adrift in a sea of misunderstanding. He watches from the roof of the U.S. Embassy as his hopes for escape are dashed: "The chopper twirled in midair, like a sick sparrow...before it plunged down to the quarterdeck below and exploded into flame." Happily, Kien's story doesn't end in shame, but in victory -- ten years later. For he has written this heartbreaking memoir from his new home in America. It is impossible to read Kien's story and not be moved by the plight of these children -- victims of poor judgment in a crazy day and age, and of horrific acts of ostracism. You will applaud (as we did) the courage and resilience of a survivor like Kien, who has blessed us with this very important work. (Spring 2001 Selection)

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  • ">2001 Discover Great New Writers Spring Selections
  • ">20th Century American History - Vietnam War
  • ">Asians & Asian Americans - Biography
  • ">Historical Biography - Asia - General & Miscellaneous
  • ">Refugees - General & Miscellaneous
  • ">Southeast Asian American Studies
  • ">U.S. Politics & Government - 1963-1969
  • ">Vietnam - History
  • ">Vietnam War - General & Miscellaneous
  • ">Vietnam War - Vietnamese Forces
  • ">Vietnamese Fiction

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