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368 pages, Paperback
First published April 29, 1989
Everything we knew commanded us to fight. Our ancestors called us to war. Our myths and legends called us to war. Our parents' teachings called us to war. Uncle Ho's cadre called us to war. Even President Diem had called us to fight for the very thing we now believed he was betraying -an independent Vietnam. Should an obedient child be less than an ox and refused to do her duty?
And so the war began and became an insatiable dragon that roared around Ky La. By the time I turned thirteen, that dragon has swallowed me up.