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The Family Wound

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BY NGOC QUANG HUYNH
STARBORN BOOKS (WALES, UK), 2004
232 PAGES. PAPERBACK ISBN 1-899530-17-7
PUBLISHER WEB SITE: WWW.STARBORNBOOKS.CO.UK

Reviewed by Howard Giskin

The Family Wound is a first novel by Ngoc Quang Huynh, whose memoir South Wind Changing (1994) chronicles his childhood years in South Vietnam, growing up during the war in a large family, his brief time at university, his imprisonment in a forced labor camp, and his final escape to America as a refugee. In The Family Wound Huynh turns his attention to fiction, yet the story he tells is centered around the Vietnamese War and the devastating effects it had on the Vietnamese themselves. While a number of books on the war experience (fictional and otherwise) have been written by Americans, few detail the war’s irreparable effects from the perspective of an insider.

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