Last Days In Vietnam

A dear friend Tim Trottier sent me a video link for PBS #LastDaysInVietnam. A documentary about the fall of Saigon and the American & South Vietnamese heroes that took matters into their own hands to help save lives. My months of research about this topic have been in book and phone interview format. So as I watched this tv preview, my arms got goosebumps and my eyes filled with tears. The voice at the end asked, “who goes and who gets left behind?” Those words serve as the context for my current YA novel. Tin, a black Amerasian who has a deformed leg from a mortar attack is hard to adopt out of Vietnam—so he gets left behind. While Tin is a boy of fiction, his story rings true for thousands of Amerasians and “imperfect” children who were left to fend for themselves in the harsh world of being “children of the enemy.” That’s what mixed children by American soldiers were called in Vietnam. I have about 60 more pages until the first draft is complete and because I appreciate all your support, I am giving you a sneak peek at the first page on my website. Just click and read, then let me know what you think!
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