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

TitleWhen Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHayslip, Le Ly, and Jay Wurts
Number of Pages368
PublisherDoubleday
CityNew York
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The youngest of six children in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip (born in 1950) was twelve years old when U.S. helicopters landed in Ky La, her tiny village in central Vietnam. As the Southern Vietnam government and Việt Cộng 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. Almost twenty years after her escape to America, she was drawn inexorably back to the devastated country and family she left behind. Scenes of this reunion are interwoven with the brutal war years in this haunting memoir, 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.

Reprint EditionFirst edition: 1989
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