Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

April 8, 2021
Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastatingloss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung becamethe "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldestbrother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothersremained behind. In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recallsher assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture while struggling toovercome dogged memories of violence and the deep scars of war. Inalternating chapters, she gives voice to Chou, the beloved oldersister whose life in war-torn Cambodia so easily could have beenhers. Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstancein times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Childis ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit andto the salvaging strength of family bonds.