Saturday, September 3, 2016

Book Review:Red Blood, Yellow Skin by Linda L.T. Baer

Here is how describes the book:

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous stepdaughter. Loan found solace in the company of animals and insects and escaped into the branches of trees.

In 1954, her family chose to relocate to South Vietnam, rather than live under the yoke of communist North Vietnam. When Loan was thirteen, she ran away to Saigon to flee the cruelty of her stepfather and worked at menial jobs to help her family. At seventeen, she was introduced to bars, nightclubs, and Saigon Tea. At eighteen, she dated and lived with a young American airman.Two months after their baby was born, the airman returned to America, and Loan never heard from him again. She raised their son by herself. However, time healed her heart, and she eventually found true love in a young air force officer, whom she married and accompanied to America in 1971.

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is a story of romance, culture, traditions, and family. It describes the pain, struggle, despair, and violence as Loan lived it. The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless. It is about this struggle to survive and her extraordinary triumph over adversity that Baer writes.

Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in a small village in North Vietnam. Her family relocated to South Vietnam in 1954. She spent most of her youth in Saigon, where she met her husband. She followed him to America in 1971 and became an American citizen in 1973. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a successful businesswoman.

My review: 
 Sometimes you read a book  and just know it is going to be a Bestseller,  that is what I felt for this book.  I LOVED this book!!  I grew up in the sixties and heard about what was going on in Vietnam through the news and in school, but nothing prepared me for Linda L.T Baer firsthand account of how difficult life was at that time.  As you read the book you are amazed that the author was able to live and survive and ultimately prosper after all that she had gone through.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Author for the privilege of reading this book for my honest review. Five stars!!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Nikki E. for your review of my book, Red Blood, Yellow Skin, and your kind remarks; your words are heartfelt and deeply appreciated.