An enthralling and beautiful new novel about love and allegiance during the Vietnam War, from the author of Daniel Isn't Talking and Dying Young.
It's 1967, and Susan Gifford is one of the first female correspondents on assignment in Saigon, dedicated to her job and passionately in love with an American TV reporter. Son is a Vietnamese photographer anxious to get his work into the American press. Together they cover every aspect of the war from combat missions to the workings of field hospitals. Then one November morning, narrowly escaping death during an ambush, Susan and Son find themselves the prisoners of three Vietcong soldiers who have been separated from their unit.
Now, under constant threat from American air strikes, helpless in the hands of the enemy, they face the daily hardships of the jungle together. As time passes, the bond between Susan and Son deepens, and it becomes increasingly difficult for Son to harbor the secret that could have profound consequences for them both.
From the Hardcover edition.
Journalist Susan Gifford arrives in Vietnam in 1967 to write human-interest pieces for her magazine, but soon switches to covering combat. Against the frenzied backdrop of the war and the sweltering humidity of the jungle, Susan begins a romance with Marc, a television journalist, and forges a close friendship with her Vietnamese photographer Son. When Susan and Son are captured by the Vietcong during an ambush their relationship deepens further even as Susan begins to suspect that Son is harboring a secret. Marti Leimbach skillfully captures the intense immediacy of life on the ground during America's endlessly compelling lost war.
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- March 8, 2011
- March 8, 2011
- Marti Leimbach