HOME IS EAST by Many Ly

HOME IS EAST

Age Range: 11 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young Cambodian-American girl describes the shattering and rebuilding of her family in this overlong yet affecting tale. Amy introduces readers first to her father, a refugee from the Khmer Rouge, who, after ten years in America, finds himself a much younger bride on a trip back home. She grows up always aware of the gossip that surrounds her: It’s inevitable that her mother will leave her father. Despite these warnings, both Amy and her father are devastated when it finally happens, just before her tenth birthday, and their mutual agony separates them painfully in the aftermath. This not particularly unusual tale of the rigors of a family break-up is given texture by their culture, Cambodian custom dictating a stoicism that Amy rejects. Newcomer Ly burdens her narrative with extraneous characters and complications, and too often yields to the temptation to tell, not show, and readers may well tire of Amy before she winds up her tale. There are fine moments here, however, and those readers who stay the course will be happy to find Amy and her dad finally happy themselves. (Fiction. 11-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 2005
ISBN: 0-385-73222-8
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2005