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The Yellow Suitcase
In a sleepy riverside town in the heart of Thailand, Ae Lin, a former Bangkok bar girl determined to put a painful history behind her, pours her passions into her new coffee shop and her resolve to create a life of her own making. But the past comes to find her in the form of an estranged and angry sister who insists she fulfill one remaining family obligation: to visit an ...more
Published September 2014
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I was so captivated by this book... the characters and story are beautifully constructed and woven together with such insightful tender prose. Since the sex trade is the backdrop not the backbone of the novel, it never overpowers the larger more prominent themes of betrayal, courage and love. As you read, you feel more and more connected to the characters, not through shared experiences but in a way that is universal to the human condition. I love the monk Luang Paw’s theory about energy, and wh ...more
Jade Keller is half-Thai, born and raised in the United States. Upon completing a doctorate in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2010, she moved to northern Thailand, where she began working with an NGO to combat the trafficking of children into sexual servitude. Keller has contributed to the anthology Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience ...more