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In 1980 Sheehy found herself in one of life's passages which she had explored so thoroughly in her book Passages (Bantam, 1977). Providentially, while on assignment in Cambodia, she met Phat Mohm, a child refugee. Sheehy circumvented the bureaucracy and brought Mohm to New York to be a part of her busy life there. The book serves as a cathartic record of Mohm's struggle to ...more
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Published June 1st 1987 by Bantam Books
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Sabrina Rutter
Jan 22, 2012 Sabrina Rutter rated it did not like it
I was put off right from the begining with this book. I understand Sheehy's dedicating this to the spirit of survival, but to compare the hardship of financial crisis, or the end of a marriage to that of surviving a genocide is just not something that sits well with me. The daughter she adopted into her home, and heart has lost everything, her entire family, being surrounded by her culture, and her home. Nothing can be compared to the loss of ones entire family, absolutely nothing!
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Dec 23, 2007 Renate rated it it was amazing
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Powerful story of her adopted daughter, whom she met a SE Asian refuge camp.She tells their remarkable life together. The daughter moves from surviving alone as a toddler in the jungle to a student in New York schools. One of the truly memorable stories of the power of the human spirit.
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May 01, 2013 Lauren Wyckoff rated it liked it
Although she comes around at the end the author comes off as a whiny privileged woman in America who hopes another daughter, albeit a Cambodian refugee in need of a home, will save her.
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This book had a lasting impression on me. The child's survival and courage as well as Ms. Sheehy's journey were incredibly powerful.
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Gail Sheehy is an American writer and lecturer, most notable for her books on life and the life cycle. She is also a contributor to the magazine Vanity Fair.

Her fifth book, Passages, has been called "a road map of adult life". Several of her books continue the theme of passages through life's stages, including menopause and what she calls "Second Adulthood", including Pathfinders, Spirit of Surviv
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