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Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

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In April 1975, Channy Chhi Laux was a happy thirteen-year-old girl who was excited to start a new school year. But as news reports announced that the Khmer Rouge was getting closer to taking control of Cambodia, Channy and her family were forced to relocate to Poipet, a border town to Thailand. From that point forward, Channy lived a life dictated by fear.



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Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published November 30th 2017 by Archway Publishing
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Patrick Peterson
Review written April 2018 with a very minor update 22 Sept. 2018.
Excellent book.
If you don't know anything about the Cambodian genocide at the hands of the brutal Khmer Rouge communists, this is a great book to start.

If you already know a fair amount about that sordid part of history, where 15-30% of the entire country was in-effect murdered by the regime, this is still a great book to add to your understanding.

If you want a story of incredible human fortitude and survival and even later thrivin
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Amy Farges
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of Channy's tortured adolesence is not a that of a typical teenager. As with other tales too woeful for stable, relatively affluent Americans to stomach, Channy's eviscerated life requires courage to read. Her well-off Cambodian family was uprooted, marched from place to place, and robbed of every comfort human beings deserve. Children were separated from parents, home was often under a tree or over a chicken roost. Food was skimmed from muddy puddles and strained through kramas. Force ...more
Susan Swanson
It's really hard to write a review of a memoir. I don't want to seem like I'm casting judgement on the author. I understand that the author went through a harrowing experience at a very formative time of her life. And I have a lot of sympathy for what she went through. However, I am casting judgement on this book and I didn't particularly like it. It's well written. The descriptions are very evocative and you can see, hear and smell yourself in the places she describes. I just had a hard time em ...more
Jackie
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author's account of her family's life during the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) focuses on their daily life, how they lived and survived in this time of terror and living conditions beyond our imagination. It is a story of the commitment to survive and the strength of their love and family ties. Her story is told through the eyes of her teenage self, making it easy to imagine being there and to wonder how one would have done in similar circumstances.



Cynthia Horn
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing experience of family love, dedication, and faith in facing heart-wrenching circumstances. The way that Channy and her family members survive through the horrors of genocide is a great inspiration and touches the hearts of her readers. Channy's book brings to the forefront the tragedies that families around the world overcome.
Amanda
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt connected to the author as I read her touching and gut wrenching story. I read the book quite quickly because I was so interested to see what happened next. I am happy for their triumph and sad for their losses. Thank you to the author for sharing her amazing story.
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