One of the Ten Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Book WorldOne of the Los Angeles Times' Favorite Books of the YearOne of the Top Ten National Books of 2008, Portland OregonianA 2009 Hor Book of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Few books have combined the historical scope and the literary skill to give the -foreign reader a sense of events from a Vietnamese perspective. . . . Now we can add Andrew Pham's Eaves of Heaven to this list of indispensable books. --New York Times Book Review Searing . . . vivid-and harrowing . . . Here is war and life through the eyes of a Vietnamese everyman. --Seattle Times Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham's family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War.Told in dazzling chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven brilliantly re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hai and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. Pham offers a rare portal into a lost world as he chronicles Thong Van Pham's heartbreaks, triumphs, and bizarre reversals of fortune, whether as a South Vietnamese soldier pinned down by enemy ﬁre, a prisoner of the North Vietnamese under brutal interrogation, or a refugee desperately trying to escape Vietnam after the last American helicopter has abandoned Saigon. This is the story of a man caught in the maelstrom of twentieth-century politics, a gripping memoir told with the urgency of a wartime dispatch by a writer of surpassing talent.
ANDREW X. PHAM is the award-winning author of the memoir Catﬁsh and Mandala and the translator of Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram.