Tag Archives: Vietnam

Hear, Say

After David arrived in September, we searched for a house to rent in the Old Quarter, the cobblestoned square of alleys close enough to the Saigon River that it is full of Naval officers and their families, and just a … Continue reading

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Nha (House)

This was the beginning of my “reclamation,” of family history, of memories, of ghosts and traumas. Cathay Pacific made a dusty landing at Noi Bai International. Smileless brown men in uniform stood on the tarmac with familiar facial structures – … Continue reading

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Clock

When you are ready, when biology trumps logic and personal comfort and professional considerations, babies will beckon. David started seeing and hearing them everywhere in Manhattan, peeking out from strollers, waddling in the park. We had dinner with a new-mother … Continue reading

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Boy

When I was six, I had no grandfathers. Life had sprung from my beaming father and his older sisters on the one hand, and my mother and her siblings on the other. Ba Ngoai was the parthenogenic source of it … Continue reading

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Engagement

I have always been leery of social media and overwhelmed by its demands. The only posts on my Facebook page were put there by my husband. My actual friends have abandoned any hope of updates or responses from me. I … Continue reading

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Montage

The photographs in the new banner above were curated and pieced by my graphics-designer-extraordinaire friend, Phoebe Smith (Hunt Smith Design), a character you will meet in future chapterlets. From left to right across the montage, my heroine is Eight, Sixteen, … Continue reading

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Day, Night, Week, Month

Blue told me that most people experience a singular life stream, a narrative that may skid forwards and backwards, but generally hews to one line with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The sections are connected and even if … Continue reading

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