Monday, March 21, 2011
Review: Lucky Child by Loung Ung
As some of you may know, I had the privilege of meeting Loung Ung who wrote about her survival during the killing fields in Cambodia in "First They Killed My Father". In this follow up, "Lucky Child" continues where the first book left off. Leaving behind her surviving siblings, including her older sister Chou, Loung with her older brother Meng, and his wife leave for America. Growing up, Loung still struggles with the memories of forced labor, hunger, disease, and murder of her father, mother, and two sisters. Meanwhile, Chou is left behind trying to resume her life but, like Loung, struggles with the loss of half her family and missing her little sister. Told in alternating voices, "Lucky Child" remains to be a testament of courage, loss, and resilience of the human spirit.