The Best We Could Do
An Illustrated MemoirGraphic Novel - 2017
"Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves"--Publisher description.
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JCLEmmaF May 10, 2019
(Graphic Novel / Memoir / History) (Vietnamese) The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.
JCLCherylMY May 19, 2018
A stunning debut. While Thi Bui tells her family's story of escaping from Vietnam in the 1970's and making their way to the United States, she also explores motherhood, forgiveness, and understanding a parent's struggles from an adult's eye. One of my favorite quotes is: "But maybe being the... Read More »
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"However much my body wanted to rest, a force pulled me onto my feet with clear and simple directive KEEP HIM ALIVE"
"What has worried me since having my own child was whether I would pass along some gene for sorrow or unintentionally inflict damage I could never undo. But when I look at my son, now ten years old, I don't see war and loss or Travis and me. I see a new life bound with mine quite by coincidence and I think maybe he can be free"
"That being my father's child, I, too, was a product of war ... and being my mother's child, I could never measure up to her. But maybe being their child simply means that I will always feel the weight of their past. Nothing that happened makes me special. But my life is a gift that is too great -- a debt I can never repay." pg. 325.
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