When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace (Paperback)

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It is said that in war heaven and earth change places not once, but many times. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places is the haunting memoir of a girl on the verge of womanhood in a world turned upside down. The youngest of six children in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was twelve years old when U.S. helicopters langed in Ky La, her tiny village in central Vietnam. As the government and Viet Cong troops fought in and around Ky La, both sides recruited children as spies and saboteurs. Le Ly was one of those children.

Before the age of sixteen, Le Ly had suffered near-starvation, imprisonment, torture, rape, and the deaths of beloved family members—but miraculously held fast to her faith in humanity. And almost twenty years after her escape to Ameica, she was drawn inexorably back to the devastated country and family she left behind. Scenes of this joyous reunion are interwoven with the brutal war years, offering a poignant picture of vietnam, then and now, and of a courageous woman who experienced the true horror of the Vietnam War—and survived to tell her unforgettable story.

About the Author

Le Ly Hayslip (born Phùng Thị Lệ Lý) is a Vietnamese-American memoirist and humanitarian.

Praise For…

"A wonderful, wondrous book by a remarkable woman."
—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

"Touching and illuminating . . . lucid, lyrical . . . a searing and human account."
New York Times Book Review

"Should not be missed by anyone . . . No one who reads it will ever be able to think about the Vietnam War in quite the same way again."
Washington Post

"Riveting and historic . . . engrossing and beautifully told . . . impossible to put down."
San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452271685
ISBN-10: 0452271681
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: November 1st, 1993
Pages: 400
Language: English